Training of Trainers (Field Ranger Armed)

Eleven Scouts from EWCA have successfully participated in a "Training of Trainers" (Field Ranger Armed) in the South African Wildlife College.   (By Abebe Feleke)

As key actors in the protected area management, the wildlife sector cannot achieve its goals without a well qualified and motivated scout force. So far the Ethiopian Wildlife conservation Authority with the support of the Sustainable Development of Protected Area System of Ethiopia - project has trained locally about 700 scouts both from federal and regional protected areas. During these programs some scouts have been used to provide trainings together with experts. With the aim of continuing the training with an own training center, it is believed that senior scouts can train their colleagues better and motivated if a "training of trainers" can be arranged in well advanced nations in wildlife management abroad.

Based on the reasons mentioned above, a six weeks field ranger armed training has been arranged in South African Wildlife College with the objective of creating a well qualified scouts force that can give training to others and can be used as a special force for law enforcement. The training took place from September 14 to October 24, 2014. The program has provided a multitude of benefits to the trainees. In addition to specific skills and and knowledge they acquired from the theoretical and practical training in patrolling, biodiversity conservation and monitoring, they have also gained an experience on park management by visiting Kruger national Park and the adjacent Maneleti game service. Very valuable was the exchange of knowledge with fellow trainees who came from various protected areas of South Africa and Zimbabwe.