About Pasiansi Wildlife Training Institute

About Pasiansi Wildlife Training Institute
Pasiansi Wildlife Training Institute

The Institute is located on a plot of 10.6 hectares within Mwanza City. It is 5 km. from the city center along the road to the Airport.

The Institute is located on a plot of 10.6 hectares within Mwanza City. It is 5 km. from the city center along the road to the Airport.

The Institute was established in 1966 as a game scouts training centre. By then, the name of the Institute was Natural Resources Institute (NRI). The overall objective of establishing NRI was to provide training to game scouts for the then Department of Game. Up to mid 1970’s, the basic roles of game scouts were to control problem animals and undertake anti poaching activities. The responsibilities of a game scout kept on changing in line with the changing objectives of wildlife conser-vation in Tanzania. This resulted in the adjustments of its curricula to keep pace with the changes. In general, the courses covered training in basics of wildlife conservation.

Up to 1973 the duration of the course was six months. Thereafter, the duration of the course was extended to nine months to allow for the in-creased need for more training. In 1987, the Institute made a major cur-riculum review. At the same time its name changed to Pasiansi Wildlife Training Institute (PWTI). Another curriculum review was done in 1996. During the review, skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for game scouts to perform their tasks in the field effectively were identified. Ac-cordingly, subjects that were required to be taught to cover the required skills, knowledge and attitudes were determined. Consequently, the academic requirements for its instructors were improved to a minimum first degree with a basic training in teaching methodology.

Currently, training is offered in one year modular courses. There are also Three-month, Two-month and One-month short courses. Trainees at the Institute draw from Wildlife Division (WD), Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA), District Councils, Village Governments, Private companies and individu-als, and other agencies dealing in conservation of natural resources.

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