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CONSERVATION INACTION
April 2016 IssueNo. 7
WILDCLASS: LEWA
“Howmanydifferent species of
animals did you see coming into
LewaWildlifeConservancy?”
W
ild Class visits Lewa
Wildlife Conservancy –
another destination for
Kenya schools as part of theLaikipia
WildClass offering.
The LewaWildlife Conservancy’s
Conservation Education Programme
is an effort that was developed to
educate young people from local
communities about conservation and
the value of wildlife. Established
in 2010, the programme aims to
provide a holistic and progressive
environmental education for visiting
school groups. Lewa hosts most of
its student visitors from northern
Kenya and beyond. They are all
about producing behaviour that
benefits conservation among thenext
generation ofKenyan citizens.
A quick chat with any teacher
accompanying studentson these trips
will reveal that it’s a rare opportunity
formost pupils toenjoy, andone they
definitely do not take for granted.
What’s great about the LEWA
programme is that it has clearly
demonstrated what conservation
education is all about: getting up
close andpersonalwith nature.
The Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
is one of many notable conservation
education destinations in Laikipia.
It uses information about the
surrounding area, its geography and
local habitats to challenge young
minds. It introduces new ideas about
conservation and works to develop
common attitudes among visitors
towards it. School children go
through learning experiences that are
outdoor,nature-based.Their intention
is to create adeep appreciationof the
diversity of plants and animals that
populate the Conservancy and its
surroundings.
As part of their efforts in the
communities surrounding Lewa, the
Conservancy sends a Conservation
Education Coordinator to schools
to follow-up on lessons learned
in the Conservancy. School-based
efforts include activities that support
environmental learning and action.
Between June 2013 and May
2014,Lewawas able toopenwildlife
clubs in 10 schools surrounding
the Conservancy. The students in
these clubs are now committed to
environmental conservation not only
in theory, but also in practice within
their surrounding communities.They
have taken on the responsibility
of educating their fellow students,
parents, and community members
about the importance of wildlife
conservation and its benefits.
Through structured experiences
and activities targeted at various
age groups, Lewa is helping people
to see how natural resources and
ecosystems affect one other and how
these resources can be used wisely.
The experiential learning process
encourages critical thinking and
challenges the learners to develop
their own mechanisms of thought
regarding the natural resources that
surround them.
Laikipia is blessed with a diverse
wildlife and distinctive landscapes.
These qualities combined with
unique land uses of the area make it
the perfect “outdoor classroom”. So
how does Laikipia Wildlife Forum
fit into this?LaikipiaWildlifeForum
is pioneering an idea which invests
in locations where experiential
learning is another form of land use,
where learning takes place without
walls, andwhere pupils and teachers
join with farmers, ranchers, and
conservationists to learn about their
surroundings and livelihoods. Wild
Class is born!
Wild Class is a collaborative
effort of more than 10 conservation
learning destinations in Laikipia.
Each isworking to offer a unique set
of learningopportunities for students
and teachers. And they all belong to
the growing network of conservation
education facilities,programmes, and
specialists that belong toWildClass.
Stay tuned to learnmore aboutWild
Class in upcoming communications.
Laikipia is blessedwith a
diversewildlife and distinctive
landscapes. These qualities
combinedwithunique land
uses of the areamake it the
perfect “outdoor classroom”.
Sohow doesLaikipiaWildlife
Forumfit into this?
Studentsenjoy lunch in thewildclassroomof Mpala ranch
Spottinganimalsduringa field trip
A lecture in theoutdoors
Citizenscientists
Burchellszebra
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