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World Environmental Education Day: A post dedicated to our Trainers at Ulovane



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Environmental education day is important to transfer the knowledge needed to practically apply to a world that is becoming increasingly interconnected as time moves on.
It is important because the action of passing on knowledge and transferable skills of our environment means a direct impact on the mindset of our youth, which sets the tone for how decisions are made in the future regarding the natural environment and the undeniable link and reliance we have on it.
Here at Ulovane, our Trainers impart not only knowledge and a particular skill set to our students, but also passion and enthusiasm as they genuinely love what they do. It is a lifestyle, not just a job to them, with each trainer providing something unique.
To listen to Schalk when he is describing how the woodpecker’s tongue is specially modified compared to other birds, he creates an image so strong with the enthusiasm and gestures he uses, that you could almost see the bird in his hand as he speaks! Or when Piet finds a set of porcupine tracks on the dirt road we just crossed, and he goes down onto his haunches, using his hands to gesture how the animal moves, describing how they have different quills for different purposes, and how they create drag marks when they walk – and then the conversation integrates smoothly into HOW the quill itself actually works as a mechanical defence mechanism!

Shani sitting there in the warm sand with that smile she always wears when she is doing one of the things she loves most – TRACKING! Shani is an incredible mentor to learn the skill of tracking from; she has garnered her skill over many years, landing herself an esteemed Tracking Award last year. Tracking is an art – the way Shani imparts her knowledge and passion has just about every student hungry for more!

Justin is incredibly passionate about photography and the smaller things too, like his newfound passion for plants and flowers occurring on Amakhala. His flower book is a blur of colored sticky notes on the pages of all the ones he has identified, this mere fact alone, one that rubs off on students that there is always more to learn, no matter how long you have been doing this for!
The landowner of Ulovane, Ben brings his own spark to our students, offering a different perspective to how things run on Ulovane Reserve, and how all the work he has put in over the years has had the incredible impact it has, allowing us today to have the myriad of wildlife on our doorstep – one special such species being the Cape Mountain zebra!
Education keeps our world alive; it is the one thing that when imparted with love and passion, will leave an imprint forever.

  • Melissa Gomes

β€œπ™Έπš 𝚠𝚎 πš πšŠπš—πš πšŒπš‘πš’πš•πšπš›πšŽπš— 𝚝𝚘 πšπš•πš˜πšžπš›πš’πšœπš‘, 𝚝𝚘 πš‹πšŽπšŒπš˜πš–πšŽ πšπš›πšžπš•πš’ πšŽπš–πš™πš˜πš πšŽπš›πšŽπš, πšπš‘πšŽπš— πš•πšŽπš 𝚞𝚜 πšŠπš•πš•πš˜πš  πšπš‘πšŽπš– 𝚝𝚘 πš•πš˜πšŸπšŽ πšπš‘πšŽ πšŽπšŠπš›πšπš‘ πš‹πšŽπšπš˜πš›πšŽ 𝚠𝚎 πšŠπšœπš” πšπš‘πšŽπš– 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚊𝚟𝚎 πš’πšβ€. – πš„πš—πš”πš—πš˜πš πš—.