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Conservation through environmental education
A Rocha’s global environmental education (EE) activities are equipping and empowering children and communities with knowledge, skills and understanding to live sustainably, including tackling climate change and plastic pollution. A Rocha International provides capacity building and resources.
January 2019 - December 2019
Charity information: A Rocha International
It is widely held that we have lost many of the connections with nature we had just a few decades ago. This disconnect prevents us from appreciating the impacts of our actions on the environment, such as climate change and plastic pollution, and the ability to rethink future alternatives. In Africa, it is often the poor who feel these effects most acutely as many rely on local natural resources for their everyday needs.
We believe getting people to engage directly with the world around them is fundamental to environmental conservation - whether that’s beach clean-ups with Kenyan students or teaching young Ugandans how to grow vegetables in sacks. With projects in 20 different countries, each designed to meet local needs, the contexts and range of A Rocha’s EE activities are diverse. A Rocha International gives training and provides opportunities to share best practice and lessons learned among EE practitioners.
Delegates of 5 African A Rocha Organizations resourced through a follow-up EE conference in Uganda.
Activities» Provide a forum for participants to review progress and lessons learned since the 2018 EE conference in Kenya, and improve their delivery of EE.
» Provide opportunities for training and support in monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment, in order to inform best practice.
» Facilitate hands-on conservation activities such as recycling and reusing plastics and sack gardening for growing vegetables where space is limited.
What success will look like
EE practitioners from 5 A Rocha Organizations in Africa delivering high quality EE activities in schools and communities that reach around 7000 participants.
40 Ugandan school teachers equipped and resourced through two 2-day EE workshops.
Activities» Build the capacity of teachers in Ugandan schools to promote environmental awareness and stewardship through their EE activities.
» Raise awareness of the SDGs and key conservation issues such as plastic pollution, water, sanitation and health, and deforestation.
» Equip teachers with knowledge and skills for conservation, including energy-efficient technologies, bio-sand water filters and sustainable gardening.
» Introduce innovative and informative teaching methods that inspire and equip Ugandan school children to protect their environment.
What success will look like
40 Ugandan school teachers informed and equipped to provide high quality EE that positively impacts the lives of around 1800 students and their families.
A Rocha’s global environmental education activities coordinated and supported.
Activities» Provide project management training and support to guide the development of A Rocha’s global environmental education activities.
» Develop environmental education materials and resources that can be shared and used across A Rocha’s global projects.
» Ensure best practice is used across A Rocha’s environmental education activities through monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning.
What success will look like
Metrics and stories recording key environmental education activities across all of A Rocha’s National Organizations and demonstrating a growth and strengthening of projects.
The project will promote environmental awareness and inspire practical conservation action. It will strengthen capacity for and improve the quality of EE being delivered in schools and A Rocha’s EE clubs and summer camps. It will also empower new and existing practitioners to deliver high quality EE in Ugandan schools and A Rocha Organizations across Africa.
We will monitor participant numbers and demonstrate success through stories of people whose ways of thinking and actions have changed.
A key risk would be political instability affecting travel. Risk assessments and contingency plans will be developed to mitigate possible effects of these.
Attendance by teachers relies on the willingness of Ugandan education authorities to release teachers during school hours. Flexibility in the timing of the workshops would mitigate this.
Financial resources are also a potential risk to fulfilling this project, but we are fundraising to mitigate this.
Donors will be invited to receive project updates through our newsletters and publications. A report will also be provided to the Big Give to give an update on the impact of the project.
Budget - Project Cost: £52,200Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £13,800 Preparation of workshops Preparing content and material for conference and workshops £8,000 Delivery of workshops Staff time for delivering conference and workshops £9,200 Conference of A Rocha EE staff Travel and accommodation for A Rocha EE conference facilitators and participants £3,200 Workshop for Ugandan teachers Travel and meal costs for 40 teachers £2,000 Resources Provision of resources for conference and workshops £5,000 Teaching materials Providing EE materials and resources for Ugandan teachers and their students £11,000 Staff support Providing support for A Rocha's global EE activities
A Rocha has EE projects in six continents. Working with schools, communities and Christian groups, all address local conservation priorities in a culturally appropriate way. The workshops for teachers and conference for A Rocha staff will take place in Gayaza, a district of Kampala, Uganda. Training will be delivered at the A Rocha Uganda centre and in a nearby conference facility. The local schools have large class sizes and are in communities with high levels of poverty.
A Rocha’s EE activities engage with children, communities and Christian groups around the world.
The workshops will benefit school teachers, students and their families who will learn good practices for sustainable living, such as how to grow vegetables and fruit trees in sacks and in the school grounds.
A Rocha staff attending the EE conference will use what they have learned in the projects and communities with which they work.
A Rocha works through grassroots communities to accomplish its work and achieve lasting change in addressing conservation issues. With strong links already established with schools, communities and Christian groups, particularly those close to our field study centres and research sites, our EE activities provide a means of spreading the conservation message.
This project will build on the success and lessons learned from EE workshops in France in 2017 and Kenya in 2018.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Sarah French – Director Of Operations, A Rocha International
Sarah helps A Rocha Organizations develop and flourish. She will deliver training and expertise on workshop content e.g. the SDGs, vision and impact.
Angela McKay – Environmental Education Coordinator, A Rocha International
As a former teacher, Angela provides training and support to maximize the impact of A Rocha’s EE activities and make them appropriate for children.
Susan Nankya – Community-Based Projects Officer, A Rocha Uganda
Susan has local knowledge and expertise for delivering environmental education and community-based conservation projects in Uganda.