Wilderness School

From cubs to lions at the Mhondoro Wilderness School! The school offers unique education to those that may otherwise not haveg

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Wilderness School

Excellent education is not readily available in Africa, and it is a disturbing fact that young children in Africa do not always get the opportunities they deserve.

At Mhondoro an important community development initiative was created by the Vogel family’s FM Foundation, which provided the essential infrastructure to establish the Mhondoro Wilderness School in 2021.

The Mhondoro Wilderness School is based at the lodge in Welgevonden Game Reserve, where an old storeroom was transformed into a building fit for learning. The terrain includes a fenced playground to protect children from free-roaming wildlife in the reserve. The school aims to feed and educate a number of children from the local workforce, while providing essential demographic diversity in skin-colour, gender, age and background.

Currently six children attend the school where they follow the age-specific CambriLearn programme according to a Monday to Friday schedule, incorporating a full day’s indoor and outdoor activities. Subjects include Mathematics, English, Sesotho, Track & Sign identification (the art of tracking), Birding (and the world of birds), Mammals (of Africa and the world), Ecology and Geography, and Tradesman Skills (fun learning in traditional woodwork, building, mechanics). Bushskills follow the Field Guides Association of South Africa (FGASA) workbooks that are specifically created for young children.

Learning takes place in various formats, including practical sessions spent in the field or on projects. All learning and creative activities are monitored and captured with a formalized report structure in place to track each child’s progress. Children are encouraged to excel in the group, but also as individuals, providing private education that is unequalled in the region, with individual and personal attention from a qualified teacher.

Learners are referred to as ‘cubs’, in reference to the young born from lions, leopards and other mammals. Like cubs, young children have a lot to learn before integration into society as an adult can occur! The Mhondoro Wilderness School provides that opportunity and much more.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Opportunity exists for benefactors to co-fund the school’s small operation that enables a geographically targeted group of children to receive a life-changing early education to instill learning. It provides guests of Mhondoro with the opportunity to support a world-class learning programme, by co-sponsoring the education of a number of Africa’s children in a meaningful way. The school’s setting on site at the lodge provides opportunity for guests to visit the school and see the children in their learning environment.

Additional information

More information coming soon.

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Upskill workers

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Upskill workers

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