Conservation

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 [...]

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 [...]

Newly qualified Vulture experts at Makuleke!

  In April we produced a series of four 'webinars' with VulPro.  The webinar recordings were used as the first introductory sessions for a club, the VulPro Vulture Club, that has been meeting in Makuleke cultural centre, on alternate Saturdays since.   Makuleke is at the northern end of Kruger National Park in South Africa. The club members are youngsters from nearby schools, and it's been organised by the Makuleke Park manager and led by his Conservation educators, Rhulani and Mika. [...]

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 [...]

Chiswene Eco-buddies

  In December we sent PACE resources to Di Drummond, who supports the local school, Chiswene Primary, near her home in Zimbabwe’s low veld. It was only last month that Di’s team were able to access the school.  They had to wait until the water level in a large river dropped low enough to permit crossing. "Two of our interns, and game scouts took the walk across to the school, and held the first club meeting with Grade 5 & 6 [...]

A new PACE resource – Vultures.

Vultures are awesome birds. They are majestic, amusing, vulnerable, and yet sadly, are much misunderstood. Most of us know very little about vultures, and though we don't realise, much of what we do know tends to be myth and speculation. That's why we teamed up with VulPro in South Africa to produce a new resource. It's designed for school and community use, is available in print and digital, in English and Portuguese. We are also running interactive on-line sessions for schools [...]

Living with Wildlife – a new PACE resource, on Painted dogs.

Painted dogs are very social, caring, family focused creatures that present no danger to people. Sadly, they are much misunderstood, and often, this is especially so in areas where they live.  As a result Painted dogs suffer unnecessarily at the hands of human beings. We are determined to help change this trend. The general lack of knowledge about Painted dogs was brought home last year, when during a PACE webinar on the species, participants questions and comments revealed how little [...]

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