We visited PCSS Mfou, a new school, in the countryside outside Yaounde, in the Centre Region of Cameroon, last Saturday. It is well-run, on a rural site, secure, spacious, with fresh air and a cool breeze relieving the equatorial heat. The school is still under construction, work that has been supported by a local Presbyterian congregation responding to the security crisis in Cameroon. A large number of students are internally displaced, having moved out of the North and South West Anglophone [...]
Environment club at BHS Awae, in Yaounde, nurturing environmental awareness in their school community.
We were humbled by a visit to Baptist High School (BHS) Awae in Yaounde on Monday. Lucy Diffang, ISTP Education Advisor introduced the school to PACE back in June. When students in the Environment Club heard that the PACE Coordinator was in town they asked their principal to invite us to visit, to see what they have been doing, are planning and to problem solve together. BHS Awae has a compact, walled site on the edge of the city. The Environment [...]
We'd like to congratulate Cathy Dreyer on her recent appointment as Conservation Manager at Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa's Eastern Cape. Cathy is an inspirational conservationist, in 2016 she won the prestigious TUSK Award for Conservation in Africa and she features in our new PACE Careers in Conservation Module. When Cathy was young she used to go walking near her home in Cape Town and on Table Mountain. She said that she always knew she wanted to do something [...]
PACE shares solutions to common environmental problems. Mokolodi Nature Reserve in Botswana is working with us to do just that. These grade 6 students from Morula Primary School from Selebi Phikwe in the north eastern part of Botswana visited the Mokolodi Nature Reserve Education Centre recently. The Educators took them on a field trip around the park, where they saw and learned first hand about soil erosion and the efforts that Mokolodi Nature Reserve is making to control it. Seeing how [...]
The Environmental Education Association Southern Africa (EEASA) Conference holds next week in South Africa. We are very proud that a presentation on the successful application of PACE with rural communities in Zimbabwe has been selected to share with EEASA delegates. The conference brings together a significant and influential section of formal and informal education stakeholders from the region. EEASA is hugely valuable as a meeting place for practitioners and policy makers ranging from field educators to government education and conservation ministry [...]
The new PACE Educators Guide shows teachers how conservation education can both make their job easier and enhance student learning. Conservation and environmental education can make the learning process, whether in early childhood, primary or secondary, in science, arts, social studies or project work more meaningful and improve outcomes. PACE (Pan African Conservation Education) thereby supports core teaching and learning while simultaneously building conservation values - win : win for schools, learners and conservation. Appreciating this, the Kariba District Schools Inspector, [...]
"I finally met the famous Black Mambas Anti-poaching Unit!" When Palloma Pachiti, PACE Champion and expert educator in Zimbabwe kindly reviewed drafts of the new PACE educational materials earlier this year, she was excited to read about the Black Mambas from South Africa. Palloma runs the Sebakwe Conservation and Education Centre in the Midlands of Zimbabwe. What she read about the Black Mamba's work immediately inspired her to add new dimensions to her own projects with communities in Zimbabwe. We were [...]