- Redrhino's purpose
- Lapalala Wilderness School (LWS)
- What happens at LWS
- LWS mission
- Chairman John Hanks Interview
The profits generated from the sale of Redrhino scarves are donated in their entirety to the continued running of the school, and with a particular focus on the school’s Youth Development Programme which identifies and educates young learners from disadvantaged rural areas who show potential and passion to become the next conservation leaders.
Headed by Lizzy Litshani, the educators at the LWS are always on the lookout for learners who show a particular interest and acumen for conservation. Selected teenagers frequently gather at Lapalala to nurture this potential.
As well as environmental teachings, the nurturing process also involves life skills and individual mentoring. The endpoint of the process will depend on attitudes of the individuals and the available careeer opportunities. For example, some will become excellent field guides, or join a conservation department as a game gurad or ranger when leaving secondary school. Others will be nurtured right through to university to take up environmental posts and become leaders in their field.
This is work which takes the long view; it is intensive and costly - and Redrhino believes in its fundamental value for a sustainable future.
LWS also accepts requests from fee-paying youth organisations and private schools, resulting in LWS being fully booked with waiting lists for most of the year.
Over the past 29 years, the Eco-Schools programme has produced a generation of sustainably-minded, environmentally- conscious young people. Lucas Ngobeni, our Eco-Schools coordinator, is celebrating 20 years of service to the LWS, 12 of which have been spent successfully guiding the success of this programme. These successes enable the LWS to attract many more schools within our node, and we can report that five more schools are keen to join the programme in 2020
LWS provides full-time employment to 10 educators and administrators, and 9 hospitality staff.