Cheetah Outreach
Cheetah Outreach

Promoting the survival of the free ranging, Southern African cheetah through environmental education and delivering conservation initiatives.
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Education Programmes

 

 

 

                                            

     

Working today to change the world tomorrow     

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heetah Outreach Education department aims to facilitate the increased respect and pride for South Africa's indigenous fauna in the youth of previously disadvantaged communities; using the cheetah as an ambassador species. and to plant the seed of a conservation ethic.

The cheetah, which once ranged four continents, is now essentially an African species and its most endangered great cat. Perversely, it is often the people of Africa who have the least knowledge and experience of the wildlife around them. The following is an extract from a recent article in the New York Times.

In Africa, Oddly, Animal World Is Terra Incognita, By MARC LACEY, New York Times

NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK, Kenya - All across Africa, the tour guides and park rangers guiding foreigners on safari have a little secret: The wild animals are just as exotic to many of them as the are to the tourists.

Foreigners may imagine that Africans grow up outrunning lions, monitoring the roar of elephants or gazing at giraffes loping past their homes. But many Africans, if not most, have never been face to face with the animals that tourists come to see.

Africa's population of wild animals has steadily declined in recent decades, and those that remain are increasingly confined to preserves. A vast majority of the visitors to those pricey parks are not Africans.

The widespread lack of knowledge about the wildlife alarms conservationists, who say the animals' preservation depends on the next generation of Africans. "The future is not secure for wildlife unless children learn to love these animals," said Michael Wamithi, the new director of the Kenya Wildlife Service.

Our Programmes
Facility Visits/Bus to Us

Cheetah Outreach welcomes thousands of learners from the local area each year from both advantaged and disadvantaged schools.   Visits consist of an interactive talk and exhibits in our education centre, and a tour of the facility and a chance to see the cheetahs and other animals. Each visit takes about two hours and can be customized based on the teachers needs. For those schools who can not afford the cost of transportation to the facility a subsidy is available. 

Cheetah Awareness through Literacy, Numeracy & Life Skills

The literacy project was started in late 2007 in 10 schools of the Western Cape Province.  This project is designed to improve the reading, writing, and numeracy skills of foundation phase learners and empower teachers while raising awareness of South Africa’s natural heritage and its conservation using the cheetah as a central figure in a book called “The Hunt”.  The book was created by Cheetah Outreach as a means to stimulate learners.  One of the goals of this project is to develop the resource into a definitive curriculum guide for the educators as well as to extend its literacy development potential.

AAWARE

Cheetah Outreach in partnership with the National Environmental Education Program and the Western Cape Education Department, delivers AAWARE, a user-friendly natural science curriculum, using the cheetah as a learning tool.  AAWARE consists of teaching guides and lesson plans in English, Xhosa, and Afrikaans which cover natural science in grades 4-6 and has been distributed to date to 1,000 primary schools in the Western Cape. There is no doubt that this program will reach millions of students and change their views of their wildlife heritage.

Workshops

Cheetah Outreach with our partner organizations facilitates teacher training workshops in the Western Cape that focus on environmental education strategies for teaching the national curriculum in foundation and intermediate phase and provides a foundation for developing integrated lesson plans that are centered on environmental/wildlife topics.

Fellowships

Cheetah Outreach is committed to developing environmental education resources for the schools of the Western Cape, specifically targeting previously underprivileged learners, the real stakeholders of our African biodiversity, and to motivating and building the capacity of those who educate them. The Cheetah Outreach Education Trust holds annual environmental education teacher workshops for teachers from underprivileged schools, and since 2001 has provided fellowships for eight of these teachers hosted at NZP-CRC and Fort Worth, Texas.

On their return to South Africa, fellows have the opportunity to build environmental education resource material and assist in the delivery of follow-up workshops in partnership with Cheetah Outreach

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