Setbacks in 2018, but 2019 is a GO!
In 2018, we struggled to fund RDAS and, disappointingly, we were forced to cancel the course. However, early planning and several key donations have ensured that RDAS 2019 will take place!
As in 2017, this year's course will take place in the Kruger National Park in early December 2019. In June, we will advertise the course formally and request that interested 2nd year students (or highly-motivated 1st years) from the University of the Western Cape, University of Mpumalanga, and the University of Venda apply. By targeting younger university students, we can provide experiences that they may not have access to otherwise. Such opportunities, are crucial for inspiring passion and dedication, which are important factors associated with student retention and overall success in biology.
Our mission remains firmly rooted in the belief that all South African students in the life sciences should have the opportunity to experience and interact with intact African savannas and their associated biodiversity. Thus, we aim to empower deserving students from disadvantaged backgrounds who would not otherwise have to opportunity to visit large formally protected areas. Importantly, students in the faculty of life sciences are the future conservation biologists, managers, consultants, and educators. RDAS was created, in part, to encourage students to understand, appreciate, and study reptiles, a group of organisms that are often ignored.
We are determined to make RDAS 2019 a reality, but we are still require funding to cover major several major expenses including flights and catering. If you are interested in funding a student's attendance on this course, please get in contact with us. A donation of R 4,000 would support the attendance of one student! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To see what happened on the 2017 course, read out Course Report!