Review of the year 2021: Children Projects

How do the SAVE children projects affect Wildlife Conservation?

Despite Corona, we remain committed to our goal of reaching 62,000 (approx. 90%) children and young people in and around Botswana’s wildlife contact areas with conservation education programmes by the end of 2025. By 2020, a total of almost 14,500 children aged 3-18 years participated in the projects – reaching 1590 of them in 2021 alone.

Through our Education 4 Conservation approach, we want to improve the living and learning situation of vulnerable children, bring them closer to nature and wildlife through fun and encounters, and fight poverty in the country in the long term through better education. This year, we have again reached more than 1590 children with our education programmes, including a new project in Quqao. At the beginning of 2022, the next children’s programmes for approximately 360 children and young people will be set up in the villages of Motopi, Marutsha, Ditshiping, Xarexao and Boro.

The conservation-based teaching programme (SAVE Early Childhood Development Curriculum) initiated by SAVE Botswana aims to teach children the importance of protecting wildlife and how to use the rich resources of their environment. Through excursions to national parks and child-friendly “wildlife days” such as Hippo Day, we aim to teach them to enjoy their wildlife. Among other things, we show them what alternatives there are to livestock farming and poaching and what can be done to avoid conflicts between humans and wildlife.

The entire local population benefits from this holistic approach of E4C. Childcare enables parents to work and become financially independent. They also learn about alternative sources of income such as eco-tourism and that living with wildlife can only be dangerous but can also offer opportunities.