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
Environmental Education is key to engaging communities in the issues and debates around their everyday choices and the impact they have for the environment and conservation. Echo aims to exposing community members, young and old, to the conservation land and seascapes that they are in fact, the custodians of, and working with the communities to ensure that they feel the benefit of protecting the environment around them.
Africa Foundation in collaboration with andBeyond Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater and our partner communities in Tanzania have embedded the Echo programme into the school curriculum. The school bases education is enhanced by experiential field trips into local conservation areas, that are led by andBeyond rangers and Africa Foundation Community and Conservation Rangers who provide students with a memorable and deep-learning experience, with touchpoints to their classroom activities.
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