Conservation Education in northern Kenya
To provide conservation education for students in communities around Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, promoting understanding of their role in wildlife and habitat protection and in anti-poaching efforts. Students will learn about sustainable practices in water conservation and agriculture.
January 2018 - December 2018
Charity information: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy UK
Students living in communities around the Conservancy have often had no exposure to wildlife and have no understanding of their role in conservation or the benefits of same. They know little about sustainable water usage or agricultural practices. This means they have no experience of seeing wildlife in a natural setting and do not understand the role wildlife plays in economic development. They are not aware of best sustainable practices. To improve their future, they need this knowledge.
The Lewa Conservation Education Centre brings students to the Conservancy where they learn about sustainable practices and wildlife conservation. Currently, we are able to host local schools only but with the construction of a dorm, we can bring students from further afield. This project will fund both the cost of bringing students from afar and housing them overnight, along with teacher education workshops so that what they learn can be reinforced at their local school.
To promote the benefits of conservation and explain the challenges facing the local environment.
Activities» Will host 10 groups of 50 students who will stay in dorms and take part in conservation programme learning about interdependence of all organisms.
» Will host 2 teacher training workshops targeting 40 teachers each so that they can promote conservation in their own schools and communities.
» Develop training materials and posters to support and enhance Conservation Education Centre curriculum.
Short term success to be measured by the number of conservation initiatives established and sustained in Northern Kenya by students. This will be evaluated by making school visits.
Long term success will be measured by monitoring progress in having changed local attitudes and practices around poaching and habitat destruction and seeing that sustainable agricultural and water saving practices have been put in place. By educating this generation of rural students about best practices, they can implement long term changes which will benefit them, their communities and their environment.
The only risk to the success of this project is not raising sufficient funds to meet our needs. If we do not raise the funds needed, we will have to scale back the programme and it will take longer to get the students to come to the Conservancy Education Centre to benefit from the conservation curriculum. There is a huge catchment area we wish to reach and a large number of students who could benefit from the programme.
We will report to donors through newsletters, emails and other social media, updating them on the number of students who have been through the programme. We will also report on the teacher training events and the attendance and success of these.
Budget - Project Cost: £22,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £16,000 School groups Hosting 10 groups of 50 students. Includes transportation, accommodation and education programme. £5,000 Teacher training Hosting 2 teacher-training workshops for 40 teachers to enhance their ability to deliver programme £1,000 Materials Developing training materials and posters to enhance the Conservation Centre curriculum
The Conservation Education Centre is situated just inside the Matunda Gate on the Lewa Conservancy off a main road through Meru County which is home to 1.4 million people. These communities are rural and mostly very poor, with people making their living through subsistence farming and small businesses. Many of the students have never seen a wild animal in its natural habitat due to spreading urbanisation and increased demand for farm land.
In the past 3 years, 9000 students from nearby communities have made a day trip to Lewa to participate in the conservation curriculum and to have a game drive. Our goal is to bring in 500 students in the first year from communities too far removed for a day trip. These students will stay in the dorm and benefit from the same educational programme and game drive. Their families and communities will also benefit from the sustainable projects their schools will undertake following their visit.
Lewa Wildlife has an established educational programme with 21 schools which greatly benefit the local communities. We have strong links with these communities and a proven record of successful community development initiatives so we have the support needed to bring in students and then to get local support for those sustainable projects they undertake when they return to their schools.
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Conservation Education Coordinator at Lewa, Ephantus will coordinate the students visits and ensure the delivery of the curriculum.
Head of Education at Lewa, Faith will provide additional support to Ephantus in overseeing the curriculum and setting up teacher training workshops.
CEO at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Mike will ensure that funding is allocated to project.