A classroom with a difference – Community outreach project, Botswana



In December 2012, Great Plains Conservation held a week long educational program for the local communities of Seronga and Gudikwa.

In order to teach and share ideas, Selinda Explorers Camp’s main area was transformed into a make-shift classroom. Subjects covered were:

  • Okavango Delta and all of Botswana’s ecosystems
  • Eco-friendly practices and the 4 R’s ( Recycle, Reduce, Reuse & Renew)
  • Pyramid of Life
  • The formation of the Okavango Delta
  • Big cat education, which covered the threats to big cats, and what can be done to curb the decline of these cats.  “Big Cats Initiative” is a National Geographic initiative and emergency fund set up by Dereck and Beverly Joubert.  Part of its core mission is to educate children about just how threatened their wildlife is and why it is critical to take action.



But following all this academia, we had to burn off some kid calories….

 Spillway Soccer anyone?


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Each day, after time spent with our noses in the books, we let lose and played some soccer. The dry part of the Selinda Spillway is the perfect pitch.  Playing soccer came naturally for both the girls and the boys, bearing in mind that soccer is a game that most in Botswana consider a “boys game”. The girls of the Great Plains Young Explorers camp certainly showed us what they are all about, giving the boys a good run-around. Due to limited resources, Gudigwa Primary school doesn’t have much in the way of sporting equipment so donations of even a soccer ball mean the world to them.

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