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Celebrating World Youth Skills DAY 2024: skilling teachers, trainers, and youth for a transformative future

By EcoTraining



As we approach World Youth Skills Day on 15 July, we join a global initiative to empower the next generation of leaders and innovators. This year's theme, "Skilling Teachers, Trainers, and Youth for a Transformative Future," highlights the crucial role of education and skill development in achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Established by the United Nations, World Youth Skills Day emphasizes the need to equip young people with the skills necessary for employment, entrepreneurship, and personal development. More than just an annual event, it is a call to action—urging global investment in youth, ensuring access to quality education, and providing opportunities for young people to reach their full potential.



EcoTraining, the pioneer and leader in Africa’s safari guide and wildlife training, is at the forefront of this transformative movement. Recognised for its credibility and high standards in nature guide training, EcoTraining offers a wide range of accredited career courses, gap year and sabbatical programs, nature programs, high school and university study abroad programs, custom courses, and on-site professional guide training at safari lodges.


Operating from unfenced bush camps in prime wilderness areas across South Africa, Botswana, and Kenya, EcoTraining provides a unique, immersive educational experience that connects students directly with nature.


This hands-on approach supports a deep understanding of wildlife and conservation, equipping young people with the skills and knowledge needed to become leaders in environmental conservation.


EcoTraining’s commitment to quality education is further evident by its accreditation from the Council for Higher Education (CHE), making it the first guide training company to achieve this recognition.


In alignment with the theme of World Youth Skills Day 2024, EcoTraining is dedicated to skilling teachers, trainers, and youth to create a transformative future. By integrating sustainable practices and conservation education into its programmes, EcoTraining not only prepares students for careers in the safari industry but also instills a sincere respect for the natural world.



"At EcoTraining, we believe that empowering the youth with the skills and knowledge to understand and protect our natural world is crucial for a sustainable future. On World Youth Skills Day, we reaffirm our commitment to developing the next generation of conservation leaders who will drive positive change and make a lasting impact on our planet. Together, we can invest in the future of our youth, promote quality education, and build a sustainable world for generations to come." says EcoTraining’s Managing Director, Anton Lategan.


Through its innovative training programs, EcoTraining empowers individuals to become guardians of nature, driving forward the SDGs and supporting a more sustainable and equitable future. As we celebrate World Youth Skills Day 2024, EcoTraining’s mission to develop skilled, knowledgeable, and passionate leaders in conservation resonates more strongly than ever.


For more information on the courses EcoTraining has available, please visit: Courses & Experiences | EcoTraining


About EcoTraining:

EcoTraining is the pioneer and leader in Africa’s safari guide and wildlife training. The safari industry widely recognises EcoTraining’s credibility and standard of excellence in nature guide training. We offer accredited career courses, gap year and sabbatical programmes, nature programmes, high school and university study abroad programmes, custom courses and on-site professional guide training at safari lodges. Courses are run directly from EcoTraining’s unfenced bush camps in prime wilderness areas across South Africa, Botswana and Kenya. EcoTraining is also the first guide training company to receive accreditation from the Council for Higher Education (CHE).

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