Join us in Training Bat Biologists
Since 2013, AfricanBats NPC has subsidized or fully funded bursaries of over R 1.1 million (±US$ 79k) for students to attend training courses. These students have come from Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. To date 69 students have attended the five (5) day introduction training course, while 22 have continued on to participate in the intensive three-week bat fieldworkers training.
Since 2015 – a 5–week program was developed primarily to allow for foreign students to travel and participate in the bat fieldworkers course, which includes the introduction course and additional experiential time observing active bat researchers.
‘See, do, See, and then do again’ Concept
The bat fieldworker’s course is designed to develop bat field biologists from Africa. One of the main purposes of the course is to develop competency in capture and handling of live bats. The previous courses have been limited by the number of experienced mentors who can participate (3 students per mentor, hence low through put of trainees). But as of 2017, some of the students from previous course who are now actively participating in post graduate research projects have joined the team as training mentors.
‘See one, Do one, Teach One’ Concept
The vision is that individuals move from student to training mentor then to mentor, where they can then look at establishing similar training courses in their country or region of work. But always maintaining AfricanBats principles and standards of best practice.
More than 75 % of the students who completed the bat fieldworker’s course have gone on to undertake postgraduate degree projects (MSc, PhD and Post-Doc) related to bats.
Without the financial backing and support by people and organizations like you – we would not be able to offer this type of training and mentorship to students from Africa or they would need to source the funding themselves to attend the training.
Total: $4,300 per student (full 5 weeks – including transport (from Pretoria), accommodation and food), target for 5 students to attend training in Nov/Dec 2018 = $21,500.