Wildlife college introduces paramilitary course in anti-poaching drive

27Nov 2016
James Lanka
Guardian On Sunday
Wildlife college introduces paramilitary course in anti-poaching drive

IN a move to support government efforts in the war against poaching and illegal wildlife trade, the College of African Wildlife Management, Mweka (CAWM) has introduced paramilitary courses aimed at protecting the country’s natural resources.

Gaudence Milanzi

The move aims to protect the country’s natural resources in national parks being threatened by poachers.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism Gaudence Milanzi said during the college’s 52nd graduation ceremony that to address poaching challenges in a holistic way there should be structural reforms, stronger partnerships and networking.

He said the college management needed to ensure it remained a leading institute in the field of wildlife management and wildlife tourism across East Africa and beyond.

“Our college is one area where our country is committed to training wildlife and tourism professionals,” he said.

According to him, the college was also equipped with requisite knowledge, skills and ethics necessary for combating crimes against wildlife.

The PS said that at least 221 graduates had pledged to join other stakeholders in the fight against poaching.

He noted that the college had showcased impressive achievements of its mandate and entrusted tasks, saying more than 8,167 students had graduated since the college inception in 1961.

The PS said the college already had two Iveco trucks for field training, adding that the government was ready to equip it with more tools that would improve its efficiency.

He said the ministry would expedite preparations of regulations stipulating the modality and formula for determining the amount of contributions to be made by sister conservation institutions to the college.

In the spirit of making wildlife conservation more successful, CAWM Rector Prof. Jafari Kideghesho said the college had now introduced a paramilitary course as part of the training.
The college was in the process of purchasing a military model Iveco truck and trailer with support from the Tanzania Police School in Moshi.

The college, a centre of excellence in East Africa, has in recent years been reviewing its curricula by involving stakeholders to incorporate emerging challenges and market demands.

Currently, it offers 10 programmes from basic certificate to postgraduate diploma and is in the process of developing a masters degree curriculum in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University of the United Kingdom.

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