Community initiative through inspiration by the Timbavati Foundation
Tshegofatso Mnisi started the Adventure Gaza Community Development group at Tintswalo village in Acornhoek which comprises youngsters aged between 4 and 19 years.
This very dynamic young lady is enthusiastic and passionate about nature conservation and environmental awareness. When she passed matric in 2011 she wanted to bring change to her community by keeping youth away from using drugs and alcohol abuse.Tshego also desperately wanted to stop teenage pregnancy!
Fortunately, the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) paved her way towards making her dream come true by awarding her a bursary to study Introduction to Nature Conservation and Environmental Education Bridging Course in 2015.
It was here that Tshego acquired the necessary knowledge to encourage her to follow her dream. She showed so much enthusiasm during their 6 week-practical excursions (with fellow students from SAWC) at the Timbavati Foundation Environmental School that we put an eye on her!
When she completed her course later in 2015 The Timbavati Foundation employed her as an environmental monitor which is the Department of Environmental Affairs’ project through Kruger to Canyons Biosphere and SANParks. Tshego is currently facilitating environmental education in two of our 26 primary schools around Acornhoek-Manyeleti area and is one of Timbavati Foundation's seven environmental monitors.
As if she does not have enough on her plate, this busy little lady is happily engaging the youngsters in traditional dances where they perform for guests at local game lodges. Tshego also facilitates cleanup campaigns in and around Tintswalo village- all in her own time! She has gained full support from parents for leading their children in the right direction of their lives.
The Timbavati Foundation is so proud of her and encourages her to continue raising conservation and environmental awareness as well as promoting eco-tourism. Tshegofatso Mnisi is our most outstanding environmental monitor and has all her heart in what she is doing at schools and in the community.
Written by: Lazaro Sibiya
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