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 150 participants from 10 local schools.
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 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.