african conservation education

Bujengwe Primary school in Uganda say thank you to Nick Bubb and Tusk.

  Back in March our new Tusk CEO Nick Bubb was in Uganda with Conservation Through Public Health.  He saw the amazing work CTPH are doing for Mountain gorilla conservation in Bwindi National Park, and their achievements improving the well-being and opportunities for rural communities living close to the protected area.  While local people appreciate the benefits CTPH, the gorillas and gorilla tourism have brought, it's a remote mountainous area, and life is still not easy.   Especially in some of the [...]

Our PACE hub in South Africa – inspiring young people around Kruger National Park.

    Welverdiend is a community located on the boundary of the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa, and a close neighbour to the Southern Africa Wildlife College, our PACE hub in the region.  Back in August 2022 we visited to meet with the college’s RISE team (Rural Initiatives for a Sustainable Environment) and local educators who were all interested in using PACE in their schools and community groups.   We're thrilled to see what has grown out of those early [...]

Mangrove conservation – new PACE resources

  Mangroves are a unique and extraordinary group of plants, that grow on sheltered coastline and estuaries, throughout the tropics, sub-tropics and warm temperate areas.  They create an important coastal ecosystem - mangrove forests. In Africa 33 countries border the ocean, and 26 of these have mangrove forest, but they are being lost, degraded or depleted at alarming rates. In some places this is caused by clearing for large scale agriculture and industrial activity and the 'development' and pollution that follows. [...]

Simple is good, don’t forget the basics in Conservation education!

  ICT and the international connectivity it offers, have become increasingly important in today's digital and global world.  Technology, and providing the knowledge, skills, equipment and infrastructure to use it are essential if we are to empower rural communities and especially the young people living close to wildlife.  However, it's also important that we don't lose sight of hands-on, outdoor, practical activities, that help children build the even wider range of skills and competencies they need to address their current and [...]

New PACE workbook

The latest PACE resource, co-produced with VulPro and the Southern Africa Wildlife College, celebrates the work of young conservationists in clubs we partnered with last year.  We were thrilled and inspired by the artwork they shared with us: poems, stories, anecdotes, drawings and painting, sent by students and their teachers, some from VulCha and other school clubs, some from kids who'd made school excursions or just had a class on wildlife.  The creativity is inspiring, the insight, understanding and compassion is [...]

PACE in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has vast areas of wild land, amazing ecosystems that are important habitat for African wildlife: lion, cheetah, leopard, painted dogs, elephant, buffalo, a plethora of herbivores, bird and aquatic life.     Some of these areas are protected, many are not.  In almost all, there is a need for conservation and sustainability education – to help people better understand the pressures they and the modern world put on the natural  environment, and how we can live well, more sustainably, and [...]

New edition of the Vulture resource

We did a lot of work on Vulture education over the last year, and are thrilled at how popular and successful it has been.  It started with VulPro in South Africa, helping to get their conservation message into schools and communities over a much wider area than they could reach alone.  Vulture populations across Africa are struggling, and it's largely due to lack of information, and misperceptions.  Popular culture worldwide tends to attribute rather negative traits to vultures, which in reality [...]

PACE Action sheets now available in Portuguese

Selected PACE action sheets are now available in Portuguese. Action sheets share simple solutions that people have used to solve their everyday, environmental problems.   Living with wildlife titles in Portuguese include: Monitoring human wildlife conflict, Reducing crop raiding by elephants, Protecting against primates, Protecting livestock against predators, a Chili growing guide, and Elephant dung paper.  Energy topics include: Reducing kitchen smoke, Fuel savers, Improved stoves, Smoke hoods, Solar cooking, Make your own solar cooker, Make a fire-less hay-box cooker, and Planting [...]

Getting kids onto computers!

  In May last year we wrote about the Digital Literacy Programme (DLP) at Lewa Wildlife conservancy in Kenya.  As a PACE hub the DLP created a PACE channel (containing all the PACE content) on the Kolibri software they use, and made this available to schools, 23 in total, that they support in the area around Lewa conservancy.  DLP  helped the schools acquire tablets and smart boards, created school intranets, digitised curriculum material and additional content like PACE and loaded it [...]

Children not only learning, but making a difference, a big difference!

    This is Ntalabany primary school in northern Kenya. It was brought to our attention 18 months ago when Lewa educators created a new PACE action sheet to share the children's vertical gardening innovations and success.  We're told that this year they are having to rethink the concept of school clubs like the Environment Club at Ntalabany, because they have moved from the club being 20 or 30 kids interested in environment to the whole school being involved. Rather than [...]

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