Education Officers from the various Regional Offices met at Wildlife Direct office in Hurlingham, Nairobi on 25th September 2009 for a training on enhancement on capacity on blog posting and management. This training would help in promotion and giving us an opportunity to show the rest of the world of the various environmental and conservation activities undertaken in the various centres. Thanks to Wildlife Direct and Wildlife Clubs of Kenya Headquarters for this
It been interesting to learn about blog techniques that will assist education officers in the regions to share information about their respective areas.It will assist in support of conservation activities .
From lef t Mr. Gitahi, Mr. Mwendwa, Mr. Katumbi and Mr. Majani (standing)
This is one of the spectacular occasions student member visiting our Education Centre in the popular Lake Nakuru National Park are treated to. This pair of lions killed the Zebra just afew metres from our Education Centre. Students get such rare opportunities as they learn Wildlife Management from an early age.
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The Langata Environment Education Center and hostel can accommodate visiting students and other environmental groups. Up to 50 student visitors can be hosted at a time.
Lectures, talks, exhibitions and demonstrations are held. Visitors are introduced to the Center’s living resources – Nairobi National Park and the Nairobi Safari Walk, which provide a base for out door education.
After the talks, visitors are encouraged to explore the natural world around by walking through the Mokoyeti Nature Trail.
Wildlife Clubs of Kenya acquired its own land and is developing its Coast Conservation Education Centre. This will serve as base for its student members at the coast, upcountry and the world. It will also have room for families that want to explore the coast at an affordable rate to promote Domestic Tourism.
This is a huge project for us and any help is welcome. To finish the Centre we need millions of shillings. The following are photos of the progress reached so far.
Jambo! Our Mobile Education Unit has been on the move. Over 20,000 school children have benefited from the program in the month of February and March 2008, and we plan to reach more and more. As usual it involved intensive traveling to reach the schools; across the equator in laikipia, tranversing the elephant hideouts of Mt Kenya and Meru to the undulating hill slopes and savannas of Eastern Kenya bordering Tsavo East National Park.
It gets interesting everyday and we discover new activities with the children. The fun and educational films, talks on conservation and Wildlife club activities as well as educational materials issued makes the program a preference to both teachers and students. Possible solutions on rampant cases of human wildlife conflicts were discussed during the visits as well as ways of creating wildlife habitats.
Public awareness is an important component in conservation and therefore this program is a vital tool, but even much more, the films and activities are practical teaching aides to subjects theoretically taught in the schools. It’s vivid, this free program has to keep going for the benefit of Kenyan youth and public at large. We thank all individuals and organizations who have tirelessly supported this program. And we kindly appeal for more financial and material support. Lets educate our youth, they are the future conservationists.
Wildlife Clubs of Kenya continues to work for the benefit of the youth of this country. We use different fronts to educate our members and the last issue of Komba for 2007 has been distributed to over 2,000 schools. Join us in educating our members.
WCK National Art and Essay Competition Winners for 2007 visited the Watamu Turtle Watch when they went on a one week trip to the Coast. They learnt more about Marine Turtles and why these wonderful animals are endangered.
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Despite what is happening on the political scene, conservation work has to go on. Wildlife Clubs of Kenya has been out in the different parts of Kenya spreading conservation education Messages to the youth. In the month of January the Mobile Education Unit was joined by Mr. Sayira from Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania. The management of Mkomazi National Park hopes to start their own Mobile Education Programme and where else could they learn the skills of running a Mobile Education Unit other than Wildlife Clubs of Kenya. Mr. Sariya spent two weeks with our Mobile Education Officer Mr. Ngale talking to children of Kajiado district about wildlife. At the end of these two weeks they had reached over 6,000 kids with education talks, distributed magazines and shown films on wildlife. In the words of Mr. Sariya ” Asante WCK, nimejifunza Mambo mengi kweli” Tanslated as “Thank you WCK, I have learnt alot of things”.
Below: Mr. Sariya of Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania on a light moment with Kids at a school in Kajiado District – Kenya.
Currently Mr. Ngale is visiting schools around the Mount Kenya region. This three weeks trip will take him to Nanyuki, Isiolo, Meru, Maua, Embu, Chuka before coming back to Nairobi. Mr. Ngale will then move to the Eastern Region in March, visiting Machakos, Kitui, Makueni and Mwingi districts. On this trip Mr. Ngale shall be joined by Mr. Kazufumi Saibe aka “Kazu”. Kazu is a Japanese Volunteer from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) attached to Wildlife Clubs of Kenya.
Above: Kids in a classroom watching a Wildlife Film
Special thanks to Steve and your wife in Canada for the interest you have shown in our work and we look forward to working with you. We need people like you who believe in our work and surely we can work together to educate the youth of Kenya and the world.