Teaching conservation

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 [...]

Conservation and sustainability education steaming ahead in Zimbabwe

The new school year (it starts in January) is well under way in Zimbabwe, as is the 2024 Eco Club run by the Ecological Custodians Foundation at Chiswene primary in the south western low veld!     Di Drummond a founder of EGF wrote that  "We have UZ (University of Zimbabwe) students Delma & Eugene taking the classes this year. The new batch of children are very keen, and its exciting to see how this work continues to go onwards 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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

School kids debating – for conservation or not for conservation?

Living with Wildlife, the advantages and disadvantages   The RISE department at Southern Africa Wildlife College has been organising school debating competitions.  These youngsters (above) attend schools in the Manyeleti Circuit, Mpumalanga Province in South Africa, close to Kruger National Park and the College. They are from communities that were displaced by the park.  The students from five primary and four high schools each set up teams, prepared their case and traveled to the College for their competition.  On day one, [...]

Conservation education, Makuleke, South Africa

Last month, along with the RISE unit at Southern Africa Wildlife College and VulPro, we organised a series of four webinars to raise Vulture awareness in and around Kruger National Park in South Africa. Vulture numbers in Kruger are low, and poisoning events like one last year that killed 120 birds are having catastrophic impact.  The Makuleke Park Manager, Aubrey Maluleke, works alongside SANParks running a community owned, community run area within Kruger National Park. He included his educators in the [...]

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