The future of cranes and their habitat can only be ensured by communities that understand their importance and appreciate their beauty and significance. This is achieved by our two main key activities, namely through our ‘Cranes in the Classroom’ programme and through public awareness activities.
Our unique ‘Cranes in the Classroom’ programme was developed by the education team. It is C.A.P.S. (Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement) supportive and this puts it in line with the national curriculum. The resource material is progressive in content and is aimed for learners between grades one to six. Our three South African cranes have been chosen to be the tool to integrate subjects like natural science, life skills, life orientation and the creative arts. The success of the programme can be attributed to the fact that the lessons are filled with stories, songs, dances, games and artistic activities.
The second initiative is to raise public awareness out of the classroom. This is achieved by running holiday workshops at the Bill Barnes Crane and Oribi Nature Reserve and by participating in environmental activities like Earth Day and the Witness Garden Show. In addition, we endeavour to make alliances with environmental organizations like the Endangered Wildlife Trust, local conservancies and the Midlands Education Forum.
Our dynamic team, currently consisting of three employed officers and two volunteers, utilize cranes as ambassadors to spread a message of conservation and of life lessons that will shape a difference in our country.