CONSERVATION THROUGH EDUCATION

Our Programs

These programs were created to educate school children and communities about the many different species that make up the wildlife in the Kesese region.

  • Wildlife Conservation Presentations for Schools
  • Conservation Community Outreach for Adults
  • Field Trips to Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Wildlife Resource Center and Conservationist Training
  • Alternative Livelihoods for Poachers
  • Tree Planting and Habitat Preservation
  • Fuel Efficient Stoves
  • Wildlife Clubs

Who We Support

KWCAO currently supports:

  • Per diem stipends paid to KWCAO-trained volunteer educators who travel to Kasese District schools to deliver programs to students
  • Design and production of educational resource materials (e.g. wildlife trading cards, puppets, books, videos) used by KWCAO educators and classroom teachers
  • Functional expenses related to educational program delivery (e.g. electrical generator, educator transportation, audio-visual equipment)

Children of Kasese

Many of the schoolchildren have never had the opportunity to learn about the incredible variety of wildlife living within their very own country. Traditionally, animals are viewed merely as a source of meat or income or as crop destroyers. KWCAO intends to teach kids the importance of protecting the wildlife and its habitat.

Asaba developed a set of trading cards with information about each animal to use as a visual aid. Each child was given a card with the hopes that the kids would get excited about trading and, in turn, learn about each animal. Five years after giving a presentation, Asaba returned to the school and asked if any of the children still had a card. Anyone who still had one would receive ten more. Every child in the room held up a card. The impression left by a presentation lasting only a few hours has stuck with these children for years.

Achievements

Based on positive student, teacher and community response to KWCAO visits to Kasese District schools from 2002 to 2007, there is a growing District-wide demand for additional information and resources to support wildlife conservation efforts on a local level.  The KWCAO conservation educators have visited more than 500 schools out of the more than 900 in the District.