According to studies, children’s academic performance in science, math, English and social sciences increase when they have experience with nature and the outdoors—not to mention their sense of ownership and responsibility to their surroundings.(Wildlife Federation)
There are organizations throughout Africa who give the opportunity of conservation education to children. But Kenya has taken it a step further, getting with the times by introducing anti-poaching and conservation curriculum to secondary schools in the Masai Mara and Serengeti areas.
“We decided to introduce lessons on wildlife conservation to these schools to sensitise communities that neighbour the Mara and Serengeti parks on the need to end poaching. The students will visit villages to educate locals on the dangers posed by the menace,”
said Nick Murero, the Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem Coordinator.
In the areas of Kenya and Tanzania, tourism is a multi-billion dollar business, essential to the livlihood and economies of both countries. It only makes sense to teach the value of wildlife to the children; in theory, it will spread to the local villages, planting the seed of hope for future generations.
What You Can Do For Your Children
We can all teach our children the importance of protecting our planet. It is our global responsibility.
*Encourage appreciation of nature and wildlife through taking hikes and camping
*Read books to and with your children
*Subscribe to conservation/wildlife magazines and websites
*Teach respect through involvement (i.e recycling, adopting or fostering shelter animals, writing letters to congressmen)
Many conservation/anti-poaching groups offer materials to children to help educate and raise awareness to the plight of our dwindling wildlife. See the following for resources:
“WE HAVE NOT INHERITED THE EARTH FROM OUR FATHERS, WE HAVE BORROWED IT FROM OUR CHILDREN”