Commitment to Action

Linking Conservation and Primary School Education in Africa

Commitment by

African Wildlife Foundation

In 2013, the African Wildlife Foundation committed to building five Conservation Schools in priority wildlife landscapes across sub-Saharan Africa. Education is a powerful social investment that helps to disrupt the vicious circle of poverty and the environmental degradation that typically results from this poverty. AWF Conservation Schools will reach remote communities and will not only provide primary school education, but will serve as community hubs designed to meet a diverse set of community needs. These include teacher training, adult literacy classes, development of wildlife clubs, and other programming that enhances the educational experience. The school will also specifically target the needs and aspirations of female students and women and girls will be involved in the planning process of each school from the very start. The Conservation Schools will be designed to provide an immersive educational experience where conservation is a part of the core curriculum, extra-curricular activities, and the schools will be designed to provide an immersive educational experience where conservation is a part of the core curriculum, extra-curricular activities, and the school value system.

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Commitment

Linking Conservation and Primary School Education in Africa

Launched

2013

Est. Duration

3 Years

Estimated Total Value

$2,500,000

Region

Africa

Countries

Democratic Republic of the Congo, ETHIOPIA, RWANDA, Tanzania, ZAMBIA

Commitment by

African Wildlife Foundation

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Patrick J. Bergin, Mass Design Group