On the banks of the Palala River in the Waterberg region lies a piece of paradise. Comprising 44 500 hectares of breathtaking natural beauty, this is a place unlike any other in the world.
Lapalala Wilderness School was started in 1985 and has existed as a non-profit organisation (NPO) since 2005 – it therefore already has a long history in Environmental Education (EE) in particular and aims to increase capacity in four current focal areas of activity – namely
1. Improving the quality of educators (teachers from all South African schools), particularly in the field of EE, through teacher workshop programmes and also through school visitations;
Lapalala Wilderness School was started in 1985 and has existed as a non-profit organisation since 2005 – it therefore already has a long history in Environmental Education.
2. Increasing environmental awareness and developing sound environmental practices amongst learners (schoolchildren from all walks of life) through the continued development and servicing of the internationally recognised Eco-Schools Programme;
3. Developing and mentoring promising youth with leadership potential in rural communities through a Youth Development Programme (YDP); and,
4. Leadership Seminars to promote an understanding and appreciation of the vital importance of the biodiversity sector amongst key decision-makers, linking this to opportunities for fulfilling work that will contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
In all focal areas, the emphasis of projects at LWS has been on EE, but also on individual self-empowerment and social upliftment, recognising that socio-economic issues are inextricably linked to environmental ones.
It costs R375 per person per night to participate in the Environmental Education Programme, which includes activities, accommodation and meals. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 0828873912. For further info visit www.lwschool.org.