Donavan Fullard was recently appointed as the Programme Manager of the South African National Biodiversity Institute’s (SANBI’s) Jobs Fund / Groen Sebenza Project, which intends to build institutional capacity in the biodiversity sector so as to catalyse access to employment and job creation in ecosystem management.
The project is based on an ‘incubator model’ aimed at an extended and well coordinated skills delivery programme that will ensure 800 youth graduates and matriculants throughout the country are suitably mentored, trained in relevant skills and gain work experience to find permanent jobs in the biodiversity sector with confidence and competence after completing the two-and-a half year of programme.
Fullard has rejoined SANBI after a brief departure from the biodiversity sector, where he was working at the Provincial Government of the Western Cape as the Director for Community Development in the Department of Social Development for a brief period.
While at SANBI previously, Fullard was based at the Gold Fields Environmental Education Centre at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden where he was part of the Environmental Education team as Deputy Director.
Fullard is a qualified educator in Life Science, having obtained a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and a Bachelor of education (B.Ed) Honours at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). He has a long track record of involvement in Environmental Education in the Western Cape, and at national and international levels.
Fullard has served on various committees, such as the South African Environmental Observation Network’s (SAEON’s) Science Education Advisory Panel, the Eco-Schools National Co-ordinating Committee as well as supporting the Working for Water National Education programme and various teacher professional development initiatives linked to environmental education.
Passionate about Education, Training and Development and specifically the Capacity Development of the Youth within the Environmental sector, “I am looking forward to working with partners in the sector exploring the potential of, and the possibilities to strengthen, the Groen Sebenza Project which is aimed at developing priority skills in the biodiversity sector to create sustainable jobs for unemployed youth in SA”, says Fullard.