A training research programme of the wildlife clubs of Kenya

Background:

Many wck members after completing school expressed interest to continue with conservation related activities. Wildlife Clubs of Kenya responded to the members needs by establishing the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya College.

Wck College opened its doors for training in January, 1999 with 22 students.

Training programmes

  • Certificate in tour guiding& tour administration
  • Diploma in tourism& wildlife studies
  • Current research activities
  • Domestic tourism in protected areas
  • Population structure, habitat use and foraging patterns of yellow baboons in a human influenced environment.

Diploma in tourism and wildlife studies

The diploma in tourism and wildlife studies courses is a joint programme between Moi University (faculty of forest resources and wildlife management and tourism department) and the wildlife of Kenya (wck).

The course aims at meeting the needs of the middle cadre professionals in the tourism and wildlife sector that is currently no longer offered in Kenya. The tourist sector is one of the most important industries in our country and this is to a large degree driven by our wildlife and other natural resources.

The special features and focus of the course is its emphasis on community oriented programmes and initiatives in wildlife management and tourism.

The production of middle cadre trained and skilled personnel in both tourism and wildlife management has not been addressed in this country.

The wildlife clubs of Kenya is Africa’s leading and founder youth conservation organization. The scholarly expertise of Moi University and the practical experience of wildlife clubs of Kenya have joined in the development of this course.

Course objectives

  • To provide students with appropriate knowledge and skills in both tourism and wildlife management for participating and advising in all matters of wildlife and tourism conservation and management.
  • To equip students with knowledge and skills in bushcraft and survival techniques.
  • To provide knowledge and skills in the management of tourism and wildlife enterprises in order to promote entrepreneurship.
  • To develop theoretical and practical skills necessary to conduct tourism and wildlife research, extension and to develop their careers.
  • To acquire, interpret and apply policies and laws for the wildlife and tourism management, conservation and utilization of wildlife enterprises and other related natural resources for community development.
  • To qualify and prepare the students for entry into a range of wildlife and tourism careers where their diverse knowledge is applicable.
  • To provide students with skills in managing human, financial, and capital resources in conservation and tourism areas.
  • To provide opportunities for career development in the wildlife and tourism sector.

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