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138 graduate at the Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute

Date Published: 20 Apr, 2010
138 graduate at the Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute

Graduants during the 8th Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute (KWSTI) graduation ceremony.

The Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute on recently held its 8th graduation ceremony at its institute in Naivasha.A total of 138 students were conferred with diplomas and certificates in various disciplines, including Environmental Management, Tourism Management, Wildlife Management, Tour Guiding and Wildlife Sanctuary Management.Forestry and Wildlife Minister Dr Noah Wekesa, who presided over the event, congratulated the graduands, singling out the institute as a centre of excellence in natural resource management and tourism development.
He challenged the graduands to use their acquired knowledge and technical skills to help sustainably manage the environment which has been extensively degraded as a result of a fast increasing population causing pressure on the country’s natural resources. “Some of the degradation is as a result of unsustainable land use practices, lack of appropriate policies and legislation, inadequate education, lack of awareness, low technology and lack of technical skills to implement sustainable development policies and plans,” he said.
He reiterated the need to keep in check environmental degradation to never allow the threatening of both terrestrial and aquatic flora and fauna. “These graduates have the honour of holding the knowledge cultivated through education, training and awareness necessary to influence environmental management,” he added.Mr Julius Kipng’etich, the KWS director, said that the government would continue modernising the institute and upgrading the facilities for staff and students. “Graduates from the institute are now able to continue with their courses at the Moi University through the transfer credit system. We are currently working with the University of Nairobi on the same,” Mr Kipng’etich said.
The director also announced that they were working closely with the principal on working developing a business plan for the institute.The event marked the culmination of an eighteen and nine-month courses for diploma and certificate graduates, respectively at the institute.KWSTI, which was started in 1985, is well-renowned for its training and conducting research in natural resource management in an effort to enhance conservation, management and sustainability of Kenya’s wildlife resources and their habitats.
 

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