Conservation Education

by David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
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Project Report | May 9, 2024
Conservation Education - May Update

By Eleanor E | Individual Giving Executive

Primary School Visit: Jo Mieszkowski
Primary School Visit: Jo Mieszkowski


We have had a very busy year so far with delivery to over 4,000 children in the months leading up to April. This has been to primary schools all over the country, either online or face to face. It includes making over 200 tiger puppets, 50 clay rhinos and 150 3D habitats. All sessions have a clear conservation message embedded within them and we have updated our evaluation procedures to explore how much the children remember from each session. We will include a summary of this feedback in the next report. During the Easter holiday we continued with 10 library visits with fun craft-based workshops for children aged 6-11. We delivered within East and West Sussex, as well as to new library partners in Surrey and Hampshire.

A new project is in development – moving into 16-19 provision in colleges, with a new partnership through Reigate College to get young people to produce learning materials, raise money, or be supported to deliver sessions to primary schools. The pilot scheme has been a success, and we will continue this with City of Portsmouth, Peter Symonds, and Queen Mary College in the summer term. We mark this as a very successful start to the year.



Our partners in Guinea have continued to grow their successful education programme, which launched a few years ago. The programme, aimed at raising awareness and increasing knowledge of conservation and environmental themes, as well as helping the children develop crucial literacy skills, has established a new office in Sanguiana, the regional capital of the northern part of High Niger National Park. The programme is growing rapidly and now reaches over 900 children a year. This new office is helping to reduce travel costs as well as facilitating the coordination of programmes and missions, enhancing logistics and communication. This will prove especially useful during the rainy season when the communities become isolated and hard to reach by road.

This year has seen an increase in requests from schools in neighbouring villages to expand the environmental education programme. This outpouring of enthusiasm for our programmes is a positive step in providing children with the knowledge they need to conserve natural resources.

We are incredibly thrilled to be a pivotal part in raising a generation more aware and knowledgeable about the issues surrounding the exploitation of natural resources, as this is one of the most important long-term strategies for conserving the biodiversity of Guinea. To respond to these new demands, by the start of the new school year, our partners aim to have two educators and two volunteers in the north along with four educators and one volunteer in Faranah. These team members will engage in education and community development activities, overseen by the new manager of Conservation Programmes, and we are keen to see them succeed.



The Children’s Bush Camp programme run by our partners in Zimbabwe, remains one of the most effective ways to develop positive relationships with the local communities. So far this year, our partners have seen the tremendous impact on the overall education of the children who attend, and demand is growing for our partners work to expand to cover more school areas.

Iganayana Childrens Bush Camp provides a four-day residential education programme for the targeted schools in our partner’s core operating area, which has been attended by over 800 students to date. This is an unparalleled educational opportunity for local children that will have a significantly positive impact on conservation endeavours in the area by providing direct benefit from conservation activities to local people.


As always, thank you for your generous support in our education initiatives across the UK and Africa.

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Jan 11, 2024
Conservation Education - January Update

By Jo | Senior Fundraising Executive

Sep 14, 2023
Conservation Education - September Update

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David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

Location: Guildford, Surrey - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Lawrence Avery
Guildford , Surrey United Kingdom
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