Education for species conservation
Education is one of the two important pillars in our “Education 4 Conservation” strategy for the conservation of species. There are many disadvantaged children living in Africa. Many do not know the nature of their own country and have never been to a national park. Often they are afraid of the “wild animals” that only seem to be there for the tourists.
Our work in the children’s projects aims at bringing children into contact with species conservation as early as possible and conveying to them the unique value of their environment. That way, they develop the wish to protect them. Adults in the region are also often unaware of the opportunities that come with conservation and ecotourism. In our educational programs, they recognize the value of nature in direct relation to the possibilities of sustainable development and new perspectives for the future of their country.
“Education is the key to species conservation – a valuable asset. For preschool, daily life and environmental education, children in Botswana always learn with reference to the wildlife around them.”
Lars Gorschlüter, Foundation Founder
Education for children and teenagers
Our educational programs for children and teenagers include playgroups for early childhood education and development, care and services for pre-schoolers, vacation care, homework clubs, and offering scholarships for teenagers. Children in need receive meals as well as psychological support if needed. Activities in daily learning groups follow a curriculum we have developed including textbooks designed for that purpose, a separate SAVE curriculum for the teachers, and SAVE workbooks for the children. For example, each month is themed around a particular animal – the children learn about how those animals live and what their role is in the ecosystem. In regular experience-oriented courses and excursions, they can put acquired knowledge into practice and consolidate it even further through lasting positive experiences with wildlife.
SAVE now employs 60 staff in Botswana in 22 villages with a total of 25 groups of children. By the end of 2020, a total of nearly 14,500 children aged 2-18 years participated in the education projects – 4,068 of them in 2020 alone. The goal is to reach 62,000 children and teenagers in the wildlife areas and adjacent by the end of 2025 with our conservation education programs.
Dr. med. vet. Christa Kleine-Dürschmidt, veterinarian, has been the patroness of our children and youth projects in Shakawe since April 2013.
We thank her very much for her support! Without her, the implementation of the project would not be possible.
Species conservation through education and development work – that is what all our projects are based on. We work hand in hand with the people in the affected regions and enable income-generating measures where they are needed. With our educational projects, we build bridges to future generations – so that nature and species conservation once again become a natural part of life.
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Artenschutz durch Bildung und Entwicklungsarbeit – auf diesem Ansatz beruhen all unsere Projekte. Wir arbeiten Hand in Hand mit den Menschen in den betroffenen Regionen und ermöglichen einkommensschaffende Maßnahmen dort, wo sie gebraucht werden. Mit unseren Bildungsprojekten bauen wir Brücken zu den kommenden Generationen – so dass Natur- und Artenschutz wieder ein natürlicher Bestandteil des Lebens werden.