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Educational Programs – School Outreach

Helping the Next Generation to Care for Their Land

Every year, thousands of school children in grades 5-7 participate in CCF’s outreach program. The educational program includes Namibian predator identification, ecological and physiological characteristics of the cheetah, and problems associated with human/cheetah conflict. This educational program endeavours to change the traditional, prevailing attitude of Namibians towards their environment from one emphasizing dominance over nature, to a more eco-centric view, characterized by a strengthened national pride in conserving the Namibian ecosystem and the cheetah, and recognition of the value of Namibia’s natural resources to communities. This is achieved by dispelling common misunderstandings and building knowledge through environmental education for everyone, no matter how young.

Outreach Education

Cheetah Conservation Fund 2008

CCF’s Education Team presents two-day or longer environmental courses for school groups. Importantly, CCF can provide overnight accommodation for visiting students, both in-country and international students.

Along with educational activities conducted at the Centre, CCF’s Education Team presents outreach programs at schools and community events throughout Namibia. Since 1994, over 300,000 students have participated in a CCF outreach program.

 

Working with Teachers

 

In cooperation with the Ministry of Education, CCF has developed a 100-page, cross-curricular teacher’s resource guide entitled Cheetah: A Predator’s Role in the Ecosystem. This guide has been distributed to schools throughout Namibia, with CCF conducting teacher-training workshops to introduce the guide to teachers, teacher trainers, and volunteer teachers.

As environmental education is taught as an integrated theme in each school’s curriculum, CCF includes packets with resources for various subjects including life sciences, biology, English, social studies, mathematics, physical education, and art.