Edutainment films in rural African schools
I'm writing to tell you how PASA is using your generous donation for our Edutainment Films Program in Africa. Recently, we've expanded the program to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Edutainment Films Program is a unique approach to reducing illegal wildlife trafficking, which can readily be replicated across Africa. Education is an essential component of conservation, and people tend to learn more and retain more if they enjoy the learning process. PASA, in collaboration with our member organizations across Africa and a number of filmmakers, is widely distributing high-quality “edutainment” films in schools, at sanctuaries, on national television, and in other venues. The films, many of which were created in Africa for African audiences, have conservation messages that educate and inspire Africans to protect great apes and their habitat. Topics include illegal hunting, the illicit pet trade, and habitat exploitation. The goal of the program is to protect great apes by influencing millions of Africans.
You're making it possible to conduct the program in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which is the most important country for great ape conservation. PASA’s three member organizations in the DRC – JACK Sanctuary, Lola ya Bonobo, and Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Centre – are implementing the program based on their existing outreach and education programs, connections, and other resources.
JACK Sanctuary is in the center of the city of Lubumbashi in southern DRC. In its urban location, the sanctuary receives many visitors, including expatriates living in the Congo who are likely to buy primates as pets, soldiers and government officials who are positioned to reduce the threats to wild apes, and Congolese people who may hunt and/or consume bushmeat. JACK’s thriving education program for its visitors, which particularly targets children, has now incorporated edutainment films. Your support is making it possible to provide a battery-powered projector, tablets, and external batteries, so the staff can consistently show films to visitors despite Lubumbashi’s unreliable electricity. PASA is in discussions with JACK about how to expand their use of the edutainment films and how PASA can provide additional support.
Lola ya Bonobo is located outside DRC’s capital of Kinshasa. PASA has provided French versions of a wide range of films to Lola’s staff. Lola runs education programs in collaboration with Kinshasa schools, hosts visitors at their sanctuary, and manages diverse conservation programs at their bonobo release site in Basankusu. They are interested in showing the films to all three of these audiences and we expect to have measurable results in the near future.
Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Centre (CRPL) in South Kivu, eastern DRC, is situated in a hotspot of biodiversity. Lwiro’s staff conducts education programs in 14 schools around Kahuzi-Biega National Park and they are enthusiastic about how the Edutainment Films Program will strengthen their existing programs. Because of you, Lwiro’s staff is now able to show the films in these schools and to Roots and Shoots clubs in the region. As many schools in the area lack televisions and computers, PASA will provide Lwiro with projectors, extra batteries, and related equipment as soon as possible.
On behalf of PASA and our member wildlife centers in Africa, I would like to thank you for the generous support which is making it possible to bring the Edutainment Films Program to three regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo and help protect great apes from extinction.
All best wishes,
Pan African Sanctuary Alliance
+1 971 712 8360
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