“Nelson Mandela said that education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Through education one can engage, inform and inspire people.
Many individuals and entities out there are doing what they can to raise awareness of the plight of the rhino. However, real success can only come if there is a change in our societies and if we change they way we think and value wildlife. Our wildlife forms part of some of our greatest sources of beauty on this planet, and therefore needs to be protected at all costs. Education is the force for social change”
Dr. Johan Marais BVSc Msc Director, Saving The Survivors
We are committed to preserving a future for all rhinos and recognise the importance of raising awareness through education, without which our legacy to our future generation will be one of immense failure if we allow our wildlife, our heritage to become extinct. We recognise one of the greatest super powers to save Africa’s rhinos is education because we know the children who are engaged in nature can actively contribute towards conservation. ‘Creating Hope From Hurt,’ is an education programme designed to help teachers and extra-curricular organisations bring rhino conservation into the classroom as well as provide parents and primary carers with fun and engaging resources to encourage passive learning without geographical restrictions.
The project has developed into a comprehensive distance-learning programme for primary school children and specifically designed as a multifaceted learning platform which allows each module to be incorporated into curriculum based lessons or taught as standalone topics. The programme comprises of eight topical modules which aim to complement the classroom/learning environment and facilitate a greater understanding of the five rhino species, encouraging deeper exploration of the environmental and human challenges which threaten their survival.
Each module contains fact and activity sheets designed to be educational and factual, but also engaging and stimulating. Children are guided through each module by a positive role model in the form of a cartoon black rhino called Kifaru (which literally translates from Swahili to English as rhino) who provides interesting facts and prompts participation in additional activities.
Creating ‘Hope From Hurt’ is a collaboration between leading South African non-profit organisation, Saving The Survivors and UK community organisation, Action For Rhinos. We are both members of the Rhino Alliance (rhinoalliance.org), a group of independent rhino conservation NGOs and organisations from around the world who have joined forces to maximize resources and support one another’s initiatives.
Saving The Survivors, founded in 2012 is an initiation to rescue and rehabilitate rhino that have fallen victim to poaching or traumatic incidents. The organisation is committed to providing the following four pillars to communities and conservation, namely Treat, Test, Teach and Train. The team, fronted by leading veterinarians Johan Marais and Zoe Glyphis, provides rapid response for rhinos and other wildlife as well as being recognised for their pioneering research into rhino anatomy and surgical procedures.