Africa Foundation in consultation with the communities, education bodies and our partner has designed an Environmental Education Programme – known simply as ‘Echo’ for the resonance it has across people’s lives – that not only exposes communities to the game reserves that neighbour them but teaches them about broader environmental topics.
Key messages are brought to life in the classroom through structured and curriculum-integrated conservation lessons followed up with field-based practical exposure that immerses learners in the ways of the wild. This game drive experience also helps to expose learners to the socio-economic benefits available to them through ecotourism
The premise of educating children about the environment will have an impact on their behaviour. Africa Foundation in collaboration with andBeyond Phinda and andBeyond Ngala and Kirkmans Kamp, we have Community and Conservation Rangers, assisted by Echo – Environmental Education Programme in schools of which we have included the development and delivery of curriculum aligned Primary and High School lessons and activities.
The Echo programme has become embedded into the school curriculum for Grade R to Grade 9 scholars (through primary and into early secondary school). Our Echo school facilitators support the delivery of environmental education lessons and practical workshops in schools as well as the development of climate friendly school vegetable gardens.
The school based education is enhanced by experiential field trips into the local conservation areas. These trips are enabled through Africa Foundation’s partnership with andBeyond, the Sabi Sand Wildtuin and Pfunanani Trust, and Southern African Wildlife Trust. The trips are led by qualified guides, who provide students with a memorable and deep-learning experience, with touchpoints to their classroom activities.
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