AfriCat was founded in 1991 on Okonjima Farm in Central Namibia whose mission was to contribute to the long term conservation of Namibia’s large carnivores.
The AfriCat Environmental Education programme is an enabler within the broader Namibian education system. Catering to a wide spectrum of ages and socio-economic backgrounds, AfriCat’s vision is to harness the rapt attention which learners embody when they visit AfriCat’s two centres into a deep-seated awareness of ALL environmental issues and, specifically in the Namibian context, those involving the vexed juxtaposition between farming communities and the country’s large carnivores.
AfriCat strives to mitigate human-wildlife conflict, thereby: keeping carnivores in their natural habitat and creating economic value for communities in doing so, preventing the exploitation and inhumane treatment of carnivores, ensure that captive populations are well cared for, advance high value alternative animal husbandry methods, and develop additional agronomy skills.
AfriCat further believes that increased and active participation in environmental initiatives by a broad cross section of Namibia’s learners (age, sex, race, socio-economic, geographic) will contribute to establish a sound knowledge and awareness base for future policy-making and sustainability.
The Pupkewitz Foundation donated a Nissan Hardbody to the Africat Foundation. The vehicle is used in the environmental education programme. In addition the Foundation funds schools from disadvantage backgrounds to participate in the AfriCat Environmental education programme. This support has reached 40 028 children and young adults.
The pillars of the NDP5 which applies to this project under the Social Progression pillars – Harnessing the Demographic Dividends
- Youth Empowerement
- Intergrate marginalized communities into mainstream
Human Capital Development
- Social Progression
- Basic Education
Environment and Climate Change
- Strengthen Environmental protection
- Promote environmentally sound investments and production systems.
Ensure sustainable environments and Enhance Resilience Conservation & Sustainable use of Natural Resources:
- Enhance value addition and sustainable utilization of bio diversity
- Sustained environmental awareness campaigns