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New edition of the PACE reader ‘Africa our Home’

"For long, children have been told tales woven from the natural world's 'behaviours and occurrences' and spun into stories that have life skills at their core. Most of these stories gave African children a glimpse into their cultures, their history and most important of all, how to live and interact with nature. It is with no doubt that 'Africa, our Home' will do the same for young bright minds across Africa. It will transport children from landscapes and places they know [...]

School environment club planting trees in Maroua

April and May are the hottest months in the Far north region of Cameroon. Temperatures range between 36 and 42, sometimes 46 oC - pretty challenging for indoor classes when there is no air conditioning.  At Jacques de Bernon Catholic School in Maroua because of these extreme temperatures and as a a covid precaution,  lessons have moved outside.  It has made the teachers and learners appreciate the shade of mango trees planted on campus by the school's founders. The situation has [...]

Biochar Action sheet now available in french

The FAO estimates that 2.4 billion people depend on wood energy for cooking and heating.  In African countries the proportion of people using wood fuels as a main or only source of energy can be startling. Ninety percent of the population in Sierra Leone are estimated to rely on charcoal or firewood for energy, and 85% in Mali. In Madagascar, Senegal, Chad and Niger, the figures are similar.  In urban areas the trend is from wood towards charcoal.  Charcoal stoves are [...]

New PACE materials in french – White thorn / Faidherbia albida

The Faidherbia albida action sheet is now available in french.   Faidherbia albida, the white thorn or White acacia, is a tree well known to people in most arid and semi-arid parts of Africa. It characterises many landscapes and is much valued. The seeds and leaves are an important food for domestic and wild animals. It fertilises the soil, protects against the harsh sun and grows where many other species can not survive. But it is becoming scarcer in many places, natural regeneration [...]

Conservation education back on track in Zimbabwe

Primary schools reopened four weeks ago.  Teachers have had time to catch up, get a routine in place and, importantly, to re-launch the pupils extra-curricular Conservation education. Palloma Pachiti (in yellow) is manager of Sebakwe Conservation Education Centre in the Midlands of Zimbabwe.  She's excited to be revisiting schools that received face masks and help setting up Tippy Taps in January. Inside Palloma's wider programme with the kids she's introducing them to the idea of using 'nudges'  - ways to prompt, [...]

Biochar Action sheet

Our new PACE Action sheet explains how, at community or household level, people can take advantage of the benefits Biochar can bring to their daily lives.   Simple, low or no cost artisanal methods to improve lives, livelihoods, and the environment – locally and globally. It was written with Graeme Boyd-Moss, inspired by experience on his parents small holding in north western Kenya. Biochar has been integral to life at Spencer’s Farm for nearly 20 years. It has ensured that they have [...]

‘BIOCHAR’ – carbon negative cooking.

Carbon neutral cooking is good, but Carbon negative cooking is even better. Biochar can achieve just that, along with multiple other benefits to the environment and human well-being.  We learned about biochar from a family in north western Kenya where biochar has been central to life on their farm for nearly 20 years. It enabled them to reverse uncontrolled loss of tree cover and environmental degradation caused by high consumption of fuel wood.  It has ensured that they have clean, safe [...]

Different ways to use PACE

The PACE (Pan African Conservation Education) pack is a set of multi-media educational resources - a reader, educators guide, short films, action sheets, supplements and posters arranged in chapters, or modules, that relate directly to everyday life in communities across Africa, and support local school curricula.  PACE helps learners link theory and practical, classroom and everyday experiences. In the soils module for example, learners can watch a film about farmers using permaculture to improve the productivity and sustainability of their farms. [...]

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PACE Films and Action Sheets now on a USB stick

    PACE is about sharing environmental success stories, sharing solutions to common problems between communities across Africa. Our multi-media educational materials - the PACE pack - are central to this. Until recently the PACE pack included a DVD and a CD. The DVD contained the PACE films.  The films show people from across the continent who have found simple ways to make life easier and better for themselves and for the wildlife they live alongside.  The CD contained our Action [...]

Teachers and students take their learning home

  The battle against covid continues. In November SCEC (Sebakwe Conservation & Education Centre) in Zimbabwe's Midlands reached out to ten primary schools in their area, encouraging hand washing and the use of face masks among teachers and students.   "One of our objectives was to increase hand washing points in the schools, especially at the entrance into the schools, at the toilet blocks, and near entrances into the classrooms.  None of the schools had hand washing points at their toilets."   Some [...]