Lewa Wildlife Conservancy

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

Careers for our Next Generation of Conservationists – Educational technology

We have worked with young conservationists throughout the school holidays, connecting, informing, sharing, promoting the work they do.  Young conservationists who are all activists in their own different ways, inspiring and influencing their peers, parents and communities and making concrete differences, some lobbying, some greening a neighbourhood, organising for sustainable waste management, planting trees or changing lifestyle decisions in their family or policies in their schools.   Our young conservationists have been enabled and encouraged by joining environment or wildlife clubs or [...]

PACE and Ninety One’s — Next Generation of Conservation heroes

Through July and August children from Ninety One in the UK, USA, Poland and young PACE partners from conservation clubs across Africa will partake in talks and tours by rangers and conservationists at projects in Zimbabwe, Kenya and Madagascar. The youngsters have also been paired up for 1:1 video chats so that young conservationists from clubs and schools in South Africa, Lewa and Lamu in Kenya, Uganda and Cameroon can explain work on protection of animals and the environment in their [...]

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