Junior Ranger

Children and young people are regularly taught about specific environmental protection topics in educational units both at schools and in a nearby wildlife park in Maun - directly in the nature. The focus is on the head, heart and hand principle, which combines education with joy and the practical experience of community in nature.

Projekt

For the first time in their lives, most of the participating children and young people experience the local fauna and flora and deal intensively with issues of animal and environmental protection. During nature camps lasting several days, which are offered regularly, the Junior Rangers experience community and exciting activities in nature and deepen their knowledge there.

Participation in the program is free of charge, so that it is also possible for children from socially disadvantaged families.
An internal anonymous survey has shown that over 80% of the children participating in the Junior Ranger-program come from disadvantaged families.

The Junior Ranger-program is very popular with children and young people. The program started in April 2017 with 36 children. There are now 126 participants from 9
In the medium term, the aim is to integrate more schools from Maun into the program and thus make participation possible for more children. The Knyphausen Foundation regularly finances "Train the Trainer Courses" to strengthen the local project managers of the partner organisation in their work with children.

The Junior Ranger-program is a pioneering environmental education project in Maun, as well as in the rest of Botswana.
Our long-term goal is to transfer the contents of the program to other regions of Botswana and neighbouring countries such as Namibia and South Africa, thus creating sustainable structures for environmental education in the southern part of Africa. The children and young people are thus provided with the necessary technical, social and design skills in the areas of environmental protection and sustainability that will enable them to participate in shaping the future in the long term, according to the motto: "People only protect what they know and appreciate".

The Knyphausen Foundation produces educational material on nature-specific topics, which serves as a practical reference work for the children and young people of the program during the educational units in the park. Booklets on the subject of „Plants and Birds around us" have already been published in an age-appropriate design and in handy pocket format. Educational material for children on environmentally relevant topics is not yet available in Botswana in this kind of form and quality. The aim of the Knyphausen Foundation is to develop a series of such booklets in a similar format and design on further environmental and country-specific topics (culture and landscape).

Meanwhile there is also a lively exchange of content between the young environmentalists in Maun and the Junior Ranger groups in Germany. In the future one would like to support the meeting of the children in the north and south by common environmental protection projects.

All educational events and camps within the Junior Ranger-program are organized and carried out in cooperation with the local association Future Explorers Youth Society (FEYS).

In cooperation with:

Future Explorers Youth Society


The association FEYS was founded at the end of 2015. Boletlo James Pitseyagae, board member of the association, has been organising voluntary projects for children and young people in Maun and the surrounding area since 2007. The team consists of two permanent employees and is supported by seven local volunteers in certain activities. The association's objectives include the promotion of educational work with children and young people as well as the protection and sustainable development of the region's natural and cultural heritage. A cooperation between the Knyphausen Foundation and FEYS has existed since the beginning of 2016.

Current donation needs
1 week Junor Ranger program
To be able to implement the Junior Ranger program with the support of Future Explorers Youth Society at the 9 participating schools for one week, we need 50€.

50€

Junior Ranger Camp
A 3-day Junior Ranger Camp in the nature costs 450€ for 50 Junior Rangers.

450€

Booklet "Animals around us"
For the new booklet "Animals around us" (edition 2.000 pcs.), we need about 10.000€ for layout, printing and shipping costs to Botswana.

10.000€

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