Children in the Wilderness

 

 

Children in the Wilderness (CITW) is a non-profit organization supported by Africa’s leading ecotourism company, Wilderness Safaris. It is an environmental and life skills educational programme that focuses on the next generation of African rural decision makers, developing environmental leaders who are inspired to care for their natural heritage so that they become the custodians of these areas in the future.

By exposing children to their wildlife heritage, CITW aims to create a network of learning sanctuaries that uplifts our children and conserves our planet. This is achieved in a variety of ways, from running regular Eco-Clubs at schools to three-day camps at Wilderness Safaris and partner camps within the rural communities that live on the edges of wild areas in Africa.

The programme combines leadership skills, environmental education and recreation – all in a unique and safe wilderness environment. A key focus is also placed on increasing self-esteem, teaching new skills and imparting knowledge. In this way, children are not only given an understanding and appreciation of the diversity of natural environments, but also encouraged by experiencing first-hand the opportunities that exist for them.

The programme currently operates in six countries: Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. By the end of 2014, CITW had run camp programmes for over 5 600 children, with a further 2 500 children participating in Eco-Clubs in 2014.

 

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