Conservation Education

PACE at Makuleke, South Africa

The PACE coordinator was in Makuleke, Limpopo Province, in South Africa this month. We were invited by the local Makuleke Park Manager, as part of our collaboration with the Southern Africa Wildlife College. The Makuleke people were one of the first communities to win back land that they were forced off of to create Kruger National Park. They now have full ownership, and co-manage their 22,000 ha of land within the KNP, alongside SAN Parks, the National Park authority.  The Makuleke [...]

“Thank you for making my work easier and impactful”

The Uganda Wildlife Education Centre provide visits, workshops and outreach for schools and communities in the Entebbe area, and from further afield.  We are thrilled that access to PACE resources has enabled them to increase their impact. Richard Otiti, Conservation Educator at UWEC, has been organising seminars to help communities live peacefully alongside their wildlife neighbours. "Lugasa School for example neighbours Mabira Forest Reserve. The communities where the school is located are currently struggling with Vervet monkeys.  The monkeys destroy crops.  [...]

Conservation education reducing poaching in Zimbabwe

Amos Gwema, winner of the 2020 Tusk Ranger award, is doing superb work using community-based conservation education to solve wildlife protection crises on the ground. Amos, in Zimbabwe, started his education campaign when he realised the extent to which poachers were taking advantage of rural communities to further unlawful hunting activities.  He uses PACE and other resources to educate communities, including about wildlife crime and problems that result from it, and what they can do to prevent it.  As rural communities [...]

Caleb’s Frog champions.

A new evangelism is sweeping across Africa. When he was a young zoologist and learned that many frogs and other West African amphibians were in danger of extinction, persecuted because of a lack of knowledge, and misguided beliefs, Caleb Boateng-Ofori jumped into action. He focused his career on frogs, studied them to PhD level, and became the first professional herpetologist in Ghana.  At just 40 he was a senior researcher with Ghana's research council.  Independently, Caleb set up Herp conservation Ghana, [...]

Young conservationists across Africa learn about Turtle conservation

Young people from across Africa came together to launch the 2022 PACE webinars today. Atwaa and Teresa from Lamcot on Lamu island in Kenya gave a fascinating presentation on Sea turtle conservation, followed by an hour long Q & A session.  Nearly 100 participants joined us, using a wide range of equipment and settings:  school and university students, wildlife clubs, youth groups, teachers and conservation educators, logging in from Victoria Falls, Hwange and Vumba National Parks in Zimbabwe, from South Africa, [...]

PACE digital – integrating conservation education into classroom teaching.

Lewa Wildlife conservancy in Kenya has a groundbreaking Digital Literacy Programme. By kitting out schools with digital equipment, digitising curriculum material and training teachers on how to use these they have hugely increased the quality of education, and learning outcomes, for kids living in previously marginalised rural conservation areas. In 2020 PACE started working with the DLP.  They created a PACE channel containing 214 PACE conservation education resources and added this to the Lewa schools 'intranet.'   More than 94% of PACE [...]

Vertical Conservation Agriculture at Ntalabany Primary School in Kenya.

Ntalabany primary school is located in the Leparua Community Conservancy in northern Kenya. It works with the Lewa Schools programme. The Conservation and Agriculture Club at Ntalabany wanted to practice Conservation Agriculture (see PACE Action Sheet 30), but met a number of constraints -  the school compound is covered with sandy soil and rocks and there is a limited source of water. They had limited resources, and also  most of the land around the school is open to grazing animals as [...]

Young PACE leaders make a virtual visit to Lewa Education Centre in Kenya

Thirty six young Conservation leaders and their coordinators made a virtual visit to the Education Centre at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya last Thursday. The youngsters are all members of school Wildlife or Environment Clubs that participated in our series of Conservation talks and virtual visits in the school holiday, organised with Ninety One. We are thrilled that so many children were able to overcome connectivity and equipment constraints to learn from such experienced conservation educators - and hugely grateful to [...]

PACE – helping people adapt to climate change

Africa bears little blame for the world's current climate crisis, yet is one of the continents most effected by and most vulnerable to climate change and variability.  Isn't it ironic that after a connecting with kids in the UK and USA  over the summer, 16 year old Ruth Mbabazi in rural Uganda (Gasiza parish) said she'd learned "that the whole world is fighting against climate change, I thought we were the only ones doing it" It is because people across Africa [...]

PACE, Climate change, Wildlife and Communities in Africa –

      Climate change is already impacting on the daily lives of people in rural and urban Africa and it is a massive issue for conservation.  Climate Change is affecting the livelihoods and well being of people, is having an impact on ecosystems and on wildlife - impacts which are inextricably linked, and exacerbate each other. It has not gone unnoticed at PACE that the number of requests from wildlife rangers for ideas and materials to resolve conflict between local communities [...]

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