Community Education

Nelson Mandela once reiterated that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. With this power SOFA educates communities from grassroots to national level on animal law and animal welfare. SOFA also utilizes International Dates set for animal conservation. For world wildlife day on the 3rd of March took on the streets of Harare on a road March to raise awareness on the Big 3 Zimbabwean wildcats namely the Lion, Leopard and Cheetah. This was in line with the United Nations World Wildlife Day which was celebrated under the theme “Big cats: predators under threat". To increase appreciation of Zimbabwe’s wildlife, SOFA distributed literature which gave people more knowledge of the Big cats varying from ecology to the protection status of the cats and the legal implications of illegally hunting the species.

The second World Wildlife Day celebrations were held in Masvingo Province at Shongamiti High School in Collaboration with Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. High schools gathered for a Wildlife based quiz competition which served as a way of encouraging students to read extensively on wildlife behavior. SOFA taught the students and the community members present on animal welfare and the importance of conservation. Literature on Big cats was also distributed to the rural community.

World Ranger Day is celebrated worldwide on the 31th of July, due to the 2018 Zimbabwean Elections the celebrations were held earlier in Masvingo province the province where one of SOFA’s Students Chapter is. With a vision to create a library for animal conservation Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Collaborated with SOFA for awareness raising, and library creation. SOFA donated books Specifically the Zimbabwe Animal Law Statute Book and The African Elephant Book. The Animal law statute book is a compilation of Zimbabwean statutes that protect animals as well as international treaties. The African Elephant Book is a book written by Rachel Lassman for SOFA on elephants. SOFA spoke about the legal consequences of illegal fishing and handed over library books on Wildlife conservation to the local leaders.