The Ford Wildlife Foundation (FWF) recently handed over a new Ford Ranger to the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa’s (WESSA) Environment Education Programme, which aims to encourage the conservation of South Africa’s coastline through coastal education.

WESSA is currently training 43 youth from local coastal communities in the Eastern and Southern Cape. The youth, who have taken on the role of beach stewards, are based at 15 beaches in the area, and have been involved in implementing more than 65 environmental education activities in the region over the past year.

Through this project, WESSA is working closely with the municipalities and schools in the region. All the beach stewards are working towards receiving an NQF level 5 certificate in environmental education and training development practices (EETDP) through WESSA, which will equip them with the knowledge and skills required to deliver educational programmes more effectively into the future.

‘WESSA is proud of the ongoing partnership and close collaboration with the Ford Wildlife Foundation,’ said Vincent Shacks, general manager of ecotourism at WESSA.’ The foundation has supported conservation and environmental education programmes over the past 26 years and through their support, WESSA has been able to strengthen the impact of its coastal educational work, aimed at the preservation of our rich and irreplaceable heritage as people caring for the earth.’

The Ford Wildlife Foundation does not provide a cash donation to the conservation projects it supports; instead Ford’s partner organisations are equipped with Ford Rangers. The vehicles are used to help project operations, such as transporting field equipment, helping vets reach sick or poached animals, or translocating animals.

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