The Research and Outreach Unit of the ERuDeF Institute of Biodiversity and Non-Profit Studies (ERuDeF Institute) recently treated high school students in the Southwest and West Regions to a foretaste of environmental protection and climate change mitigation.

The tour took the institute’s officials to Dschang, Baffoussam, Manyu, Ndian and Meme where they counseled the students to specialize in environmental conservation training programmes to become future advocates of environmental conservation.

Aimed at exposing these future leaders to opportunities available in the biodiversity conservation sector, the students who were either attending holiday classes, preparatory classes for competitive entrance examinations or participating in inter-quarter football competitions were schooled on the impact of climate change on man and the environment, and how they can contribute to the mitigation of this plight.

“Climate change is a global issue and one way of mitigating this is for students to specialize in training that promote environmental protection,” said the Outreach team.

They cited Biodiversity Conservation, Agroforestry Management, Education for Sustainable Development, Environmental Journalism, Mountain Studies, NGO and Fundraising studies as example of specializations that promote environmental protection, programmes which are offered at the ERuDeF Institute.

For their part, the students confirmed the dangerous effects of climate change, citing local examples while expressing interest in specializing in the environmental conservation programmes offered at ERuDeF Institute. Those from Dschang and Bafoussam said besides becoming future advocates for environmental protection, studying at ERuDeF Institute would make them bilingual since the institute is based in an English-Speaking region – Buea, Southwest.

On the certificates offered, the students were told that ERuDeF Institute offers a four-year undergraduate training for A’ Level/BACC holders which leads to the award of the Professional Bachelor Degree (PBD). The first and third year of the training is sanctioned with the award of a National Diploma, and a Higher National Diploma, respectively.

The undergraduate training is offered in partnership and in a co-sharing arrangement with the St. Monica University Buea, affiliated to the US-based St. Monica University.

By Samuel Ngueping & Mirabel Ebane