The Applied Learning Unit has been created at the Southern African Wildlife College to facilitate monitoring, evaluation, research and application in all departments. Monitoring allows a department to collect information in a logical and robust way so that it can be properly evaluated. Research allows the College to trial new technique and or applications and or make changes to current methods and assess what impact these new or changed techniques have. As a training institution, the College is in the fortunate position to be able to teach and engage with students on the lessons we learn during this process.
This will in turn help the College to achieve its aim of making our teaching and curriculums using applied learning rather than purely theoretical, with a focus on real issues faced by students and practitioners in their work. This is relevant to all sectors within the College but especially to the College’s business units and core departments which have the most direct links to the wildlife economy. The outcomes of this applied learning will be:
(1)Teaching in a relevant, current and applied work orientated way.
(2) Keeping up to date with relevant techniques in these fields.
(3) Pioneering the improvement of techniques in these fields.
(4) Publishing a peer reviewed article, or an article in a respected publication, per annum from each business unit, each unit having at least one by the end of 2018
(5) Producing an Annual “Journal” with project and research results of all College departments, business units and core, starting 2017.
(6) Forging new and improved links with partners, other institutions and in the industry as a whole.
PROJECTS AND PARTNERSHIPS
The National Treasury’s Jobs Fund Project 4/1004
The National Treasury’s Jobs Fund Project awarded in 2015 has
contributed to an important capacity building initiative at the Southern
African Wildlife College, which is aimed at developing the skills of people
and placing them in employment to help ensure the survival of southern
Africa’s rich biodiversity and its threatened species.
The Project, which will be implemented over two years, will see 257
people trained and permanently employed whilst at the same time
playing an important role in developing the capacity of five employer
organisations. These employer organisation’s include Ezemvelo KZN
Wildlife Limpopo Department of Economic Development Environment
and Tourism (LEDET), South African National Parks (SANParks), The
Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation and Wildlands Trust.
Aimed at addressing the need for qualified and competent field rangers,
the project recruited 137 unemployed youth from the communities on
the boundaries of the reserves/parks in 2015 with a further 120 learners
being recruited in 2016. These learners were trained on a year
long Natural Resource Guardianship accredited programme. During
their training were placed in the workplaces where employer
organisations supported them and provided experiential training. On
completion of the 12-month training process, they were employed in
The impact and significant changes brought about by this project will be evident:
(1) Within the communities from which the youth are recruited- contributing to alternative livelihoods, poverty reduction and socio-economic development,
(2) In the improved capacity of communities to manage their own wildlife resources in Mayibuye and Somkhanda
(3) Via the improved capacity of the five employer organisations to manage the parks/reserves and protect vulnerable and threatened species like rhino, and
(4) Through the creation of an additional 257 permanent jobs which in turn will provide steady growth to the number of qualified and competent field rangers who will serve as guardians, and the first line of protection to our natural resources
Our sincere thanks is extended to the Dioraphte Foundation based in
the Netherlands, Friends of African Wildlife based in Zürich, the Tusk
Trust based in the UK, Scott Dunn via the Tusk Trust as well as The
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve and MyPlanet Rhino Fund in South Africa who
have partnered with the College to support the matched funding
requirement of the project.
Deutsche Gesselschaft für Internationale
Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Fire
The final disbursement from GIZ was received in October 2015 and
we are very pleased with the outcome of this project. The College was
commended by GIZ for the overall commitment and quality of the
service they had experienced working with the SAWC. The College and
the partner institutions have now incorporated the developed modules
and material into their curricula.
USAID RESILIM B
Through this project we aim to improve our Higher
Education and Training modules on Community based Natural Resouce Management
The Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher
Education and Research for Development (NORHED) aims to strengthen
capacity of higher education institutions in Low and Middle Income
Countries (LMIC) to educate more and better qualified candidates, and
to increase quality and quantity of research conducted by the countries’
Higher education and research are priority areas of Norway’s
development cooperation policy and the College is a proud development
The Integrated Information Management System (database)
development and communication strategy, supported by this project is underway. In addition, the project allows for infrastructure development, which
resulted in the College erecting seven “safari” tents.
since their official opening, proved a valuable and useful addition to the
SAWC’s accommodation capacity with numerous researchers making
use of these facilities.
The project also makes provision for SAWC staff to do their MScs
through this project during 2016/2017.
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‘Learning-by-Doing’: Creating a Sustainable Community based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) Unit at the SAWC
and a Business Model for CBNRM Implementation in South Africa.
The project is intended to continue supporting the College’s ‘Learning
by Doing Approach’ to training. It is focused on creating a sustainable
community based natural resource management unit at the Southern
African Wildlife College and a business model for CBNRM implementation
in South Africa.
Under the auspices of this project, the SAWC’s CBNRM unit was reintroduced and branded as
RISE: Rural Initiative for a Sustainable Environment.
With the grant provided, the College’s mandate was to expand the
CBNRM Unit to include a Natural Resource Economist.
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CBNRM LEARNING-BY-DOING PACKAGES FOR PROTECTED AREAS
The activities of the Unit, through its learning by doing approach,
has continued to impact positively the conservation activities in the
project sites where the College has been involved. Governance support
was provided to Somkhanda community in Kwa-Zulu Natal, and the
Sabie/Mangalana community project in Mozambique.
recruitment of the new staff, a CBNRM staff training workshop was
held at the SAWC to improve understanding and performance and the
transfer of skills whilst also facilitating the data governance survey
PROTECTING WILDLIFE BY LINKING COMMUNITIES AND
CONSERVATION IN MOZAMBIQUE
The main objective of this three-year project, which is intended to run
until March 2018, is to contribute to the protection of wildlife (especially
rhino) in the Mangalane-Sabie area and adjacent Kruger National
Park by linking communities and conservation.
The key objectives
are to support an expanded wildlife economy, improved community
governance and benefits, and to enhance awareness of conservation
laws in Mozambique.
The project further promotes interaction
between various stakeholders including rural communities, government
departments, private sector and NGOs. The current area of operation
is to support activities around Mangalane community and Sabie Game