The Early Childhood Development program continues to grow! An environmental playgroup opened in Daunara

In May, thanks to funding from the FUTURA Foundation, another playgroup for early childhood environmental education was opened – and with it another sustainable building block on the future path to peaceful coexistence between humans and wildlife.

The village of Daunara was chosen as the location for the new playgroup. It borders the wildlife-rich Okavango Delta. There, as in the other project villages, people suffer from predator attacks on their livestock and from elephants destroying their crops.

In order to develop more acceptance in the long term, the Early Childhood Development program starts with the 3-5-year-olds. In this program, SAVE environmental educators not only teach them to read and write at an early age, but also introduce them to the topic of wildlife in an age-appropriate way, for example through games and coloring tasks. All this takes place under the umbrella of “Education for Conservation”.

Respect and appreciation for wild animals are particularly difficult for older people in this region – understandable in view of the damage caused by lions and elephants.
Thus, many discussions with the village leaders were necessary for the preparation. Months ago, the SAVE team met with the Daunara Village Development Committee and the community to present the program. Fortunately, they met with a positive response and the community explicitly expressed their desire to preserve precious habitats of endangered species and protect the uniqueness of nature.

After this encouraging start, a building was quickly found and renovated in two weeks.

On May 16, the SAVE team traveled to Daunara to open the playgroup. Two teachers were hired and trained in the Education for Conservation program as preparation.
On the first day, they could immediately apply their newly acquired environmental knowledge: After the general play lesson, wildlife education was on the curriculum.
The first day was about elephants, one of the animals feared in the village. After the knowledge part, each of the children painted their elephant picture.

In the future, there will be the “animal of the week”, each playfully wrapped in a beautiful story. Next, it will be the turn of the gemsbok and the ostrich.

There is still a lot to do in the Daunara playgroup because of the lack of elements: Two toilets will be built and a cooking area so that the children can have a hot meal every day.

The next step will be to build the necessary infrastructure in another village. Daunara is only one of six villages in which the Futura Foundation is financing E4C playgroups.

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