Neo Xhike’s Story
Neo Xhike’s story is another of SAVE’s succss stories. Neo Xhike is a 29-year-old teacher who works in SAVE’s Early Childhood Program in Matsaudi, a village just 15 kilometres away from Moremi National Park. She currently has 30 children in her playgroup.
Because the village is so close to the national park, encounters with wildlife are quite frequent. Teaching children to understand that nature and wildlife are part of an important ecosystem is thus very important. SAVE’s Early Childhood Program ensures that children understand at an early stage why action is needed to protect the animals and the environment.
In her five-year training as an environmental teacher, Neo Xhike has learned a lot – knowledge that she passes on to the next generation with conviction:
“My plan is to work very hard so that I see these children graduating to well paid conservation jobs, this is an impact I see the SAVE program doing in our village. And our parents and community will develop from this and together we will be a collective conservation unit.”, says Neo Xhike.
The teacher is also very grateful to SAVE for bringing the program to her village:
“I can freely and confidently speak in English and explain how the SAVE curriculum and my children are contributing to the development of my village development. Kealeboga SAVE, keep the good work in our village“