We endeavour to strike a balance
Environmental education paves the way
Balancing the interests of people, business and wildlife within conservation landscapes often feels more like a juggling act than an artful performance, but when the scales settle at that middle sweet spot, the harmony of the equilibrium is nothing short of beautiful. Creating environmentally-conscious communities is paramount to achieving this balance and environmental education is the tool we use to get there.
Africa Foundation in consultation with the communities, education bodies and our partner, andBeyond, 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.
Our repertoire to date
Conservation lessons conducted
Game reserve excursions per learner pa
Curriculum-based lessons per learner pa
Participating communities in 3 countries
Kids who’ve had lessons 2018-2020
ECHO facilitators employed
Our challenge is not to teach children about the natural world, but to sustain the instinctive connections that they already carry.
~ Terry Krautwurst
How we intend the ECHO to resonate
Reduce human-wildlife conflict and poaching using engagement to impart the value of wildlife
Improve the knowledge and career prospects of young people living close to conservation areas
Give access to environmental education to school children in rural communities
Instil respect and understanding in children on the natural resources around them
Promote sound enviro planning and resource use & facilitate economic upliftment in rural areas
Facilitate recognition of the need for a holistic, meaningful, sustainable conservation programme
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