Better Environmental Education through Teacher Engagement – the LWF way!

Young minds in Laikipia are being transformed in the best possible setting and in a way that provides hands on experiential learning with a conservation focus!

Joshua, Tourism education officer Ol Pejeta Conservancy presenting who is OPC? And linkages with education.

Joshua, Tourism education officer Ol Pejeta Conservancy presenting who is OPC? And linkages with education.

Recently, and, with the generous support of USAID and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, LWF’s Environmental Education Program successfully held a familiarisation and orientation workshop that gave teachers the skills and support to carry out successful environmental learning field trips – everything from preparation, to implementation, to post evaluation activities.

The teachers who attended the 2-day workshop were introduced to key concepts used in the delivery of environmental education such as the use of audio visual equipment, short videos, flip charts, and graphics.

Ol-Pejeta Conservancy, a close partner of LWF, and a leader in Environmental Education in Kenya, was selected as the focal point mode for the excursions.

LWF’s Environmental Education Programme delivers innovative Environmental Educational experiences to approximately 1,320 school children and 120 teachers and adults every year.

For over 10 years, approximately 13,000 students and over 1,000 teachers have directly benefitted from LWF’s education bus programme. The more than 415 trips made by the signature bus has covered an area of about 10,000 sq km to rural and remote areas in Laikipia. Field trips are made to conservancies in order to support students’ learning in both theoretical and practical ways. These trips are used to raise awareness about the environment and conservation.

Teachers on visit to OPC chimp’s nature trail

Teachers on visit to OPC chimp’s nature trail

Teachers are extremely important in the success of LWF’s Education Programme. During these familiarisation and orientation workshops, they receive practical skills, as well as the opportunity to discuss and brainstorm with associates in the areas of conservation education.

Jackson Njari presenting LWF education program

Jackson Njari presenting LWF education program

Emily Mbugua, from Education Beyond Borders and resource person, cleverly engaged teachers through various post evaluation methods.

This was LWF’s 8th training specifically designed for Laikipia teachers in the area of Environmental Education and as a direct result both teachers and students have better experiences during field trips. Both are far better prepared and teachers are better at giving students a richer learning experience through the adoption of different methodologies and tools.

As the empowerment of the next generation of conservationists continue, LWF, together with its Donors and partners, look forward to reaching even more young minds through its Environmental Education Programme.

2 replies
  1. Emily Mbugua
    Emily Mbugua says:

    I must admit that LWF is really working hard towards sensitizing both teachers and students on emerging environmental and conservation issues through empowering them with the right approaches. In view of this, the Education programme of LWF has shed a light to many of us and the impact of environmental conservation through education is being felt. Having participated in a number of the LWF workshops for teachers, I can attest to this that you are doing a great job. This has trickled down to the communities living in Laikipia and worth noting that Laikipia’s landscape and vegetation cover is slowly coming back to life. Schools are embracing the various approaches of conservation and this has trickled down to the villages.

    May you reach out to more and soon, through education that empowers, our future generations will have a better environment to live in.

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