african conservation education

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 [...]

A poem written by one of our students !

  Wildlife Action Group Malawi is a non-profit organization that works with local communities and the Malawian Government to protect wild areas and the wildlife that live there. They are directly responsible for two forest reserves, Thuma and Dedza Salima Escarpment in central Malawi. The reserves total over 520 km2 , and are key water catchments and rich in biodiversity.  The WAG education team visit primary and secondary schools around the reserves on a regular monthly basis: they are improving school [...]

A PACE visit to Lewa education centre in Kenya.

    Educators from Lamu on Kenya's coast discussing their visit with Ephantus Mugo, Conservation Education Coordinator at Lewa.   The Education department at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya continued as a PACE hub this year, and as such, hosted our partners from Kenya’s coast recently. Led by the LamCot programme manager, educators from nine primary and secondary schools traveled up country to get a taste of the innovative ways that schools around Lewa are using Conservation education to [...]

Learning outside the classroom – make a simple donation, with big impact.

  We were so pleased to get this donation of gardening equipment to the students at Lokusero primary school in Kenya. Huge thanks to the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy's  education team for making the delivery. The learners have been trying to cultivate a garden but in recent dry years they’ve been up against elephants that learned how to access their rainwater collection tanks.  After suffering considerable destruction ( broken gutters, damaged tanks, trampled ground) the school recently received fencing to keep the [...]

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