To raise awareness of the plight of the cheetah and society’s role in its long-term survival.
To conduct programmes to convince the national and international citizenry that the cheetah is a valuable resource that must be conserved, and to provide a knowledge base that will encourage and assist the farmer in conservation.
To assure that predator conservation issues are included in formal education curricula and textbooks, and to develop partnerships with institutions of higher learning to help train and influence future scientists and decision makers
Otiwarongo children painted three 5m long pieces of fabric with cheetah images and other designs inspired by local nature and wildlife.
SCHOOL OUTREACH PROGRAMSIn addition to educational activities conducted at the Center, the CCF Education Team present outreach programs at schools and community events throughout Namibia. Since 1994, over 250,000 students have participated in a CCF outreach program, approximately 10,000 per year.
FARMER TRAINING AND COMMUNITY OUTREACHAs 90 percent of Namibia's wild cheetah live on farmlands and come into conflict with farmers and livestock and game farming interests, CCF conducts a specific environmental education program for the farming community. CCF makes presentations at individual farms, farmer's associations and agricultural shows, highlighting proven cheetah behavioural characteristics and predator-friendly livestock management techniques.The CCF education team conducts weeklong training courses for communal conservancies, emerging and re-settled farmers, and extension officers. CCF’s courses are aimed at improving the understanding of farming production principles and systems as well as providing hands-on practical training. In addition to tackling topics such as cattle husbandry, herd and veld management, disease and vaccination programmes, business principles, inventorying conservancy resources, basic conservation training on sustainable wildlife utilisation and the role and value of predators and predator kill identification as well teaching other ‘predator-friendly’ farming practices. Over 1000 participants have undergone training at CCF’s Centre. Several training courses are conducted each year.
INTERNSHIPSCCF operates several educational partnerships where students complete internships at CCF as part of their course. These include Master's degree students in Conservation Biology from the University of Namibia, training programmes for undergraduate students from the University of Namibia and Polytechnic of Namibia, and United States undergraduate students from the Oregon university system, and Round River Conservation Studies. In addition, international university students come to CCF to study aspects of the cheetah and its ecosystem.
INTERNATIONAL TRAINING COURSESCheetah conservation is interconnected to social, economic, and environmental factors, which are of national concern. The next generation of African conservation managers must be equipped with the best training available. CCF hosts several education and conservation biology courses each year for wildlife professionals. Collaborative partners include the, Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Smithsonian Institution and the Namibian Ministry of Higher Education, Miami University. Namibian and international course participants have completed courses on natural resource management, environmental education, conservation biology, game capture, and integrated wildlife, livestock and predator management.
PUBLIC AWARENESSCCF conducts a strategic media campaign to raise awareness of cheetah-related environmental issues both within Namibia and internationally and include TV documentaries, magazine and newspaper articles.
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CURRICULA AND RESOURCE DEVELOPMENTTo train and influence a new generation of conservationists, CCF works to assure that predator conservation issues are included in formal education curricula textbooks, and develops partnerships with government departments and institutions of higher learning. To support the environmental education program, CCF produces and distributes educational materials for primary, middle school, college students, and teachers, as well as a livestock and wildlife management guides, biannual farmers' newsletter and other specialised materials for agricultural presentations. CCF has signed Memoranda of Understanding with the Government of Namibia Ministries of Basic Education, Higher Education, and Agriculture. These Ministries support CCF’s programs and distribute resource training materials.
CCF conducts training workshops for teacher and agriculture college students. CCF believes that it is essential that tomorrow’s farmers are taught new and sustainable livestock and wildlife management techniques that reduce conflict with predators. CCF also makes presentations to volunteer organizations with teaching programmes (such as Peace Corps and Voluntary Services Overseas - VSO).
Our Education Partners
CCF works closely with many institutions around the world. Long-term education programme partners include:
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Howard G. Buffet Foundation
Miami University Ohio
Oregon State University
Polytechnic of Namibia
University of Namibia (UNAM)
White Oak Conservation Center
Namibian Ministry of Higher Education