Conservation Education

Conservation Education

Communities & Conservation

OVERVIEW

Over the years, we've collaborated with numerous partners, including EuropeAid, Wildlife Clubs of Kenya, Uaso Ngiro Babboon Project, Twala Cultural Centre, and NYC's School of the Visual Arts, to bring experiential conservation education to young people and prepare the next generation of conservation leaders in ecosystems, biodiversity, wildlife, and sustainable resource use.

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CONSERVATION EDUCATION PROGRAMME

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, we've worked with 1,354 students among eight public schools located in the Amboseli ecosystem. Our Conservation Education Programme was one of the most valuable initiatives to arise through the EU trans-border project, CONNEKT (Conserving Neighboring Ecosystems in Kenya and Tanzania). Operated over the last three years by ACC in Kenya and Oikos in Tanzania, this programme is operated by a motivated, young Maasai leader, Losioki Somoire, and supported by EuropeAid. It is linked to the national organization, Wildlife Clubs of Kenya.

Our educational programmes address environmental conservation issues including the values of traditional practices/elder knowledge, sustainable resource use, rangeland management, human-wildlife coexistence, wildlife, tourism, ecosystems and biodiversity. The curriculum is taught in a practical, experiential way incorporating field trips, guest scientists, art, writing, and drama.

PROGRAMME COSTS (IN US DOLLARS)

— $2,250 pays the salary of the Education Officer for six months
— $2,000 supports vehicle running costs and transport for six months
— $2,000 supports basic field activities and supervision for six months
— $2,000 supports citizen science activities and educational materials for six months
— $1500 buys a projector for showing wildlife films, a computer, and a small camera
— $1,000 covers a bird watching and nature weekend for 12 students at Olowuaru Camp in Rombo Wildlife Conservancy
— $250 covers each bus trip of 35 students and teachers into the National Park with a talk by a Maasai woman elephant expert working in the park (4 per year = $1000)

Guides & student birdwatching group
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CONSERVATION EDUCATION PROGRAMME

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, we've worked with 1,354 students among eight public schools located in the Amboseli ecosystem. Our Conservation Education Programme was one of the most valuable initiatives to arise through the EU trans-border project, CONNEKT (Conserving Neighboring Ecosystems in Kenya and Tanzania). Operated over the last three years by ACC in Kenya and Oikos in Tanzania, this programme is operated by a motivated, young Maasai leader, Losioki Somoire, and supported by EuropeAid. It is linked to the national organization, Wildlife Clubs of Kenya.

Our educational programmes address environmental conservation issues including the values of traditional practices/elder knowledge, sustainable resource use, rangeland management, human-wildlife coexistence, wildlife, tourism, ecosystems and biodiversity. The curriculum is taught in a practical, experiential way incorporating field trips, guest scientists, art, writing, and drama.

PROGRAMME COSTS (IN US DOLLARS)

— $2,250 pays the salary of the Education Officer for six months
— $2,000 supports vehicle running costs and transport for six months
— $2,000 supports basic field activities and supervision for six months
— $2,000 supports citizen science activities and educational materials for six months
— $1500 buys a projector for showing wildlife films, a computer, and a small camera
— $1,000 covers a bird watching and nature weekend for 12 students at Olowuaru Camp in Rombo Wildlife Conservancy
— $250 covers each bus trip of 35 students and teachers into the National Park with a talk by a Maasai woman elephant expert working in the park (4 per year = $10

Guides & student birdwatching group
A student with his elephant artwork
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CONSERVATION EDUCATION PROGRAMME

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, we've worked with 1,354 students among eight public schools located in the Amboseli ecosystem. Our Conservation Education Programme was one of the most valuable initiatives to arise through the EU trans-border project, CONNEKT (Conserving Neighboring Ecosystems in Kenya and Tanzania). Operated over the last three years by ACC in Kenya and Oikos in Tanzania, this programme is operated by a motivated, young Maasai leader, Losioki Somoire, and supported by EuropeAid. It is linked to the national organization, Wildlife Clubs of Kenya.

Our educational programmes address environmental conservation issues including the values of traditional practices/elder knowledge, sustainable resource use, rangeland management, human-wildlife coexistence, wildlife, tourism, ecosystems and biodiversity. The curriculum is taught in a practical, experiential way incorporating field trips, guest scientists, art, writing, and drama.

With your support, we hope to establish a base for our education programme at Noonkotiak Resource Centre adjacent to the Kimana Gate of Amboseli National Park.

PROGRAMME COSTS (IN US DOLLARS)

  • — $2,250 pays the salary of the Education Officer for six months
    — $2,000 supports vehicle running costs and transport for six months
    — $2,000 supports basic field activities and supervision for six months
    — $2,000 supports citizen science activities and educational materials for six months
    — $1500 buys a projector for showing wildlife films, a computer, and a small camera
    — $1,000 covers a bird watching and nature weekend for 12 students at Olowuaru Camp in Rombo Wildlife Conservancy
    — $250 covers each bus trip of 35 students and teachers into the National Park with a talk by a Maasai woman elephant expert working in the park (4 per year = $1000)
ACC Youth Environmental Education - Olcani Project with Deborah Ross
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CONSERVATION THROUGH ART

Since 2005, Deborah Ross, a fine art lecturer at The School of Visual Arts in New York City and one of America’s leading wildlife artists, has led watercolor painting workshops in remote African villages to empower voices for conservation. Her Kenyan workshops provide a forum for children to learn from elders about Maasai culture and traditions. As the elders tell their stories, the children capture them in art. The children are given paint, brushes and paper and encouraged to explore their own personal vision of the world around them. In addition to being a fun way for children to learn about their heritage, these workshops result in paintings that are an important visual record of indigenous knowledge.

“When there is no one who remembers, there can be no language to speak to the ancestors with. And no way of passing on history and traditions.” — Siranga Naimando

In 2014, through the help of Joel Njonjo and ACC, Ross introduced painting lessons to three different schools in the South Rift through Lale’enok’s Education Outreach Program. The schools that started painting lessons are: Olkiramatian Primary School, Patterson Secondary School and Oloika Primary School. Students learned how to paint trees, birds, wild animals and aspects of their community. These workshops benefit students in the following ways:

— Provide students with a new medium to express themselves
— Enable students to realize and develop their talents
— Encourage students to look at and interpret their environment in new ways
— Connect generations and captures indigenous knowledge
— Facilitate the local students to publish a painted guide book of the local natural resources within Olkiramatian and Shompole group ranches

TEACHER TRAINING

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