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"We are very hands on if there is a problem, the dogs are getting snared, lets fix the problem. We have developed collars, we have got anti-poaching units in the field. But that's not the whole story because you cannot work in isolation from the surrounding communities."

Peter Blinston
Managing Director, Painted Dog Conservation

The aim of the program is to teach school children the importance of keeping balanced biodiversity levels and sound ecosystems in their locality. The program is geared towards addressing the problems of environmental degradation caused by poor farming techniques, poor water conservation practices, over grazing and over population. These practices lead to soil erosion and consequently poor food security within communities. While the problem is persistent due to the communities' lack of knowledge and skills for conservation, educating children is viewed as the right way to stop the problem recurring.

  • Our Education Outreach Officer (EOO) visits all of the schools that attend the Bush Camp, to conduct classroom based and hands on conservation education lessons with a focus on sustainability and the significance of biodiversity.
  • Teaching children about wildlife in general and the long-term negative effects of poaching
  • Reinforce the concepts leant at the Bush Camp.
  • Establishment Of Nature Corners: To develop love for nature among school children Nature Corners are being supported in schools.
  • Conservation Clubs: Conservation clubs have been used as another method of imparting knowledge about conserving natural resources to school children. These conservation clubs have come up with some outdoor projects like reclamation of gullies and planting of trees within school premises
  • Demonstration Nurseries: Tree growing demonstration nurseries have been started in some communities and schools. Trees from these nurseries are then given to the community garden projects for planting.
  • Gardening skills: Skills to practice biological farming in both schools and community gardens are taught to garden masters and community gardeners.