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PACE on your phone 01 November 2012 PACE Action Sheets will soon be available to read on mobile phones across sub-Saharan Africa thanks to Worldreader, and we are in discussions about getting PACE book Africa Our Home ready for Kindle. Worldreader shares digital books across subSaharan Africa.
PACE in Madagascar 02 October 2012 Malagasy primatologist Dr. Josia Razafindramana is introducing PACE to trainee teachers at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Antananarivo. Students learn about PACE through seminars and demonstration projects at the college, and have shared their learning with a community-based conservation programme in the West of Madagascar.
Photo: Propithecus diadema; courtesy of J. Razafindramana
PACE resources used to strengthen conservation education in Cameroon's schools 08 August 2012 UNAFAS CVP working with ISTP* and DYFOP** have been sharing PACE resources at teacher workshops in Yaoundé, Douala and Bamenda as part of their programme to strengthen conservation education in Cameroon's schools. Download a lesson plan created by teacher Frederick Banboye, an advanced skills teacher at PSS Nkwen. The lesson plan was developed at a UNAFAS workshop and is based on an excerpt from the PACE book Africa Our Home.
*In Service Training Programme of the CBS PCC schools in Anglophone Cameroon **Dynamisation Fonctionnelle de la Pédagogie, a training programme for secondary schools in Francophone Cameroon
PACE Virtual Explorer DVDs for the UK 03 July 2012 Siren and Tusk have published a PACE Virtual Explorer for UK secondary schools featuring PACE films and learning activities for secondary Geography and Science. Follow this link to find out more.
PACE project working with Ggaba Teacher Training College in Kampala, Uganda. 22 April 2011 The PACE project has been working with Ggaba Teacher Training College in Kampala, Uganda, to develop a training and demonstration project at the college. Tutors and students at the colleges have contributed to a PACE Uganda manual, due for launch in April 2011. This practical resource for primary school teachers is available for download here: PACE Pan African Conservation Education Uganda training manualPlease note this is a 10 mb file.
10,000 books and 2500 copies of the films via 375 organisations in 27 African countries 10 March 2011 Since its launch in 2006, the PACE project has shared almost 10,000 books and 2500 copies of the films via 375 organisations in 27 African countries.
PACE resources in community training sessions in Cameroon. 28 December 2010 UNAFAS Conservation Values Programme is using the PACE resources in community training sessions in Cross River region, Cameroon.
PACE in Nigeria 07 February 2008 The Environmental Resources Conservation Initiative (ERCI) in Jos Nigeria is putting the PACE resources to good use. They would like to dub the PACE films into Hausa to increase the scope for the films in the country
SUNCOOKERS DVD 07 January 2008 "PACE footage is an extra on the Suncookers DVD produced by Solar Cookers International. Cooking with solar energy has enormous potential for improving health and safety, saving money and conserving natural resources - especially in sun-rich fuel-poor regions of the world.
SUNCOOKERS DVD follows Solar Cookers International's Margaret Owino on a journey across Western Kenya, visiting solar cooking projects in Kakuma refugee camp and the community of Nyakach. For more details, contact Solar Cookers International, email@example.com, www.solarcookers.org"
PACE Evaluation 26 November 2007 In July, WESSA Eco-schools Coordinator Caroline Conway-Physick chaired a PACE evaluation session at 4th World Environmental Education Congress in Durban. Along with the evaluation questionnaires sent out to organisations with the PACE materials, this has been a vital source of feedback.
Some positive comments:
"The books are well illustrated and it will be very easy for the teacher or instructor to communicate to the pupils. The activities are very practical for the children and relevant." Lewa Education Trust, Kenya
"…the contents in these packs are quite relevant for our local contexts and they contain local example and case studies in Tanzania, and this adds value to a sense of ownership for the target audience. I was amazed how resourceful they are" Enoch Chengullah, WWF Tanzania
Constructive comments received:
"Making inexpensive, non-digital versions of the PACE materials available would make use and distribution to a broader community easier in the African context" Comment from WEEC session participant
Several organisations pointed out the need for teacher training using the resources (e.g): "We believe that there is more of a chance of a resource being used if the teachers have been exposed to it in such a situation so they understand all that is in it and how to use it." Birdlife Botswana.
Many of the organizations receiving the resources now integrate PACE materials into their teacher training work, for example Jane Goodall Institute in Uganda and Belvedere Technical Teachers College, Zimbabwe.
More PACE packs printed due to high demand 26 November 2007 The PACE pack has gone into its second edition, as further funding enabled the delivery of 1,000 packs to the Ecoschools Programme in South Africa (run by WESSA, Wildlife and Environment of South Africa). See attached photo of the goods being received.
PACE in the UK 26 November 2007 Thanks once again to funding from the Vodafone Group Foundation, the PACE project is now working with teachers in the UK to create a new global dimension teaching resource. The resource will feature the people and projects in the PACE films as case studies to initiate pupil-led investigations of environmental issues. For example, a farm biogas plant in Tanzania sparks off a comparison of energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by British and Tanzanian households; Learning about local solutions to elephants raiding crops in Kenya and Zambia leads to a discussion about the potential reintroduction of large mammals, such as wolves, to Scotland and the values which underpin the search for peaceful solutions to human-wildlife conflict.
Each section concludes by asking whether we can use the practical projects seen in the films as inspiration for positive environmental action in the UK. If you are a teacher of KS2 or 3 in the UK and are interested in getting involved, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01865 794343.