Education in Zambia

Leonard, Kelvin and Andrew

DSWF's Education Advisor, Andrew White, is out in Zambia at the Elephant Orphanage Project, continuing our ongoing work with the education team.

Andrew held a four day workshop with Kelvin and Leonard at Camp Phoenix, looking at the use of PowerPoint in teaching and effective questioning to promote and check learning.

"The education team are currently working with 35 schools around the Kafue National Park, with over 1,400 children taking part in their conservation clubs and a further 2,000 children receiving monthly lessons on conservation issues such as human elephant conflict," explains Andrew. "Kelvin and Leonard both spoke with great excitement of how the children are taking the lessons they have learnt back home and their parents are now getting involved with the work they are doing."

Putting learning into practise

The four day workshop concluded with Andrew, Kelvin and Leonard teaching a group of Lusaka school children visiting Kafue about the threats facing the park and how we can make good decisions to protect the park for future generations.

"It was a fitting end to a great workshop," adds Andrew. "It has been great to work with the team again and I cannot wait to do it again".

Andrew is now working with Elephant Orphanage Project to develop a professional development programme for the keepers. It will consist of nine separate units and will be completed on the new laptops provided thanks to the fund raising efforts of students at Dane Court Grammar School earlier this year.

Rachael Murton, who manages the Elephant Orphanage Project, said: "This is a very exciting project that will test and develop our team with all sorts of new skills."

Education is a vital part of all the projects that DSWF supports and forms part of the holistic approach to conservation we believe in. Find out more about the Muzovu Awareness Education Project in Zambia.

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