Wildlife Clubs of Seychelles (WCS) chairman, has bagged a prize for his commitment to environmental education. 

Nirmal Shah, CEO, Nature Seychelles[25/11/08 ROCHE CAIMAN] Wildlife Clubs of Seychelles (WCS) indefatigable chairman, Dr. Nirmal Shah has won another award yet again. This time around, the go-getter environmental conservationist has scooped the Educating Africa Pan African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education 2008 country prize.

Shah has been recognized for his ground-breaking pioneering Heritage Gardens work with the popular Wildlife Clubs of Seychelles (WCS).  

“The Pan African Award for Entrepreneurship in Education 2008 is an acknowledgment that our work is world class. This is a moment of great pride for all Seychellois. Coming at this time such recognition reinforces the fact that we are capable of achieving much despite the fact that we are a Small Island Nation.” An elated Shah says.

The high-status award is administered by a UK charity under the self explanatory name “TeachAManToFish”. The TeachAManToFish envisions a “world free from poverty, one in which all individuals are able to enjoy the empowering benefits of an education that meets their needs and aspirations in life.” TeachAManToFish network spans more than 80 countries, and represents a wide range of over 700 individuals and organizations interested in finding new ways to increase the availability of high quality agricultural education in developing countries by making it financially sustainable. The award recognizes and honours the most innovative education initiatives in Africa aimed at “making education to pay for itself.” 

“TeachAManToFish seeks for the very best programs and models for education. Organizations which are entrepreneurial using innovative, replicable and scalable approaches to tackling entrenched problems in education and empowering future generations of entrepreneurs stand good chances of winning. We are glad that our Heritage Gardens has stood out amongst the best in the continent to scoop the country prize. This award has come at an opportune moment when our country is undergoing a shift in her economic policy, and goes ahead to prove that our project is way ahead of its time.” An overjoyed Shah reveals. Shah was quick to recognize the hard work of Nature Seychelles staff particularly resident naturalist Lucina Dennis and Site Support and Social marketing Coordinator Terence Vel together with the assistance of the Ministry of Environment’s Natural Resources Division in the Heritage Gardens project.

The Educating Africa Pan African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education 2008 country award comes hot in the heels of Shah’s September win of the SABC-Highway Africa Digital Media Awards. [ENDS]

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