Saving Endangered Wildlife Through Education
DSWF is a dedicated conservation charity working to save critically endangered mammals in their wild habitat. DSWF takes a holistic approach to wildlife conservation and believes one of its primary responsibilities is the education and inspiration of today’s young people.
Charity information: David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
The facts are stark indeed - the decline in many wildlife species as a result of poaching and other criminal activity is threatening their very survival. Since the 1970s, for example, 98% of the world’s black rhino have been slaughtered - today fewer than 4,000 survive and, in the last decade, the tiger population has plummeted to fewer than 3,000 in the wild. In light of these startling facts DSWF hopes to promote awareness of endangered mammals through educational projects in the UK.
In September 2003, in collaboration with professional teachers, DSWF produced a Global Canvas Education Pack to engage children with practical and absorbing worksheets with the aim of bringing conservation issues, ranging from environmental pollution, habitat destruction and endangered mammals, into the classroom and offering practical advise as to how schoolchildren can help in our fight to save wildlife, protect the habitat and support the local people who depend on it.
To engage children with endangered mammals through our education outreach programme in UK schools.
Activities» Global Canvas Education Pack engages children through practical worksheets. Global Art Canvas Competition encourages childrens involvment through art.
What success will look like
Success will be to further engage schools and students with issues surrounding conservation and endangered wildlife and to increase the number of schools using Global Canvas.
The project's long term success will be that through the Global Canvas Education Pack and the Global Canvas Art Competition children will gain knowledge and understanding, which will encourage them to help in the fight to save wildlife, protect the habitat and support the local people who depend on it. With wildlife species numbers rapidly declining the education of children is essential to this desperate situation.
The risks are that the schools or students pull out of either of the projects. We have dealt with this risk by maintaining a good relationship with the 800 schools already involved.
Donors to this project recieve our magazine Wildlife Matters, regular e-mails and letters. As well as organising a donor day to say thank you for any funds received.
Budget - Project Cost: £40,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £12,800 Education Pack Education pack reprint to include updated and new material, posters and othernew artwork x 800. £11,000 Venue Hire Natural History Museum venue hire booked until 2015 £2,400 Web Design and Images New CD x 1000 with images and video of DSWF conservation projects and ddditional web design £5,300 Materials and Postage Art Materials for schools overseas closely related to the projects and postage in UK and overseas. £8,500 Administation Administration of art competition and up to fifteen new school visits by DSWF Education Officer
As an outreach project our porject will be in schools around the UK but also on the global stage, with children already participating in Russia, Zimbabwe and India. It will help children to understand the world around them and equip them with the knowledge to help in the future. The Global Canvas Art Competition also allows children to express their feelings and fears for the environment in a challenging and positive manner.
Children in schools around the UK but also across the world would benefit from an engaging and unique education pack to challenge and inspire young people around the world.
As a small charity we loose little on overheads and administration, meaning that the money donated goes straight to the projects themselves. Having run the education pack since 2003 we have 800 schools that participate already, therefore we are perfectly placed to enhance our efforts and with funding provide the education pack to more schools in the UK and abroad. With 26 years behind us as an innovative conservation charity we also have the knowledge to pass on to the next generation.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Director of Fundraising
Education Officer - Kim works tirelessly within the UK; maintaining relationships with schools, creating packs and giving talks and presentations.