The Wildlife Clubs of Africa (Phase Two)
Aim: Strengthening capacities for conservation, environmental education and sustainable development initiatives through linking African Children with one another and to the global conservation community.
Implementers: BirdLife Botswana; Ghana Wildlife Society; Nigerian Conservation Foundation; Conservation Society of Sierra Leone and BirdLife Zimbabwe with management support from the Birdlife Africa Partnership Secretariat office in Accra, Ghana.
Funding support: Aage V Jensen Charity Foundation
This is an African project that combines biodiversity conservation with education and sustainable development initiatives. It aims at strengthening capacities for conservation and environmental education through linking African Children to the global conservation community. Following the successful implementation of phase 1 in 16 African countries (2008-2011), Phase 2 of the WCA programme (2012-2014) is currently being implemented in a subset of five partner NGOs involving more than 1,000 wildlife clubs with a combined membership of almost 150,000 children.
Key components of the project
- Translate the WildLife Clubs Manual into French and disseminate it widely.
- Upgrade and expand the Clearing House Mechanism (CHM), improve its accessibility and promote its use across in and beyond the Africa Partnership.
- Expand the ‘Spring Alive’ programme into Africa and promote it among the Wildlife Clubs of Africa.
- Develop a module combining conservation action and livelihoods improvement with environmental education along migratory bird routes in the Sahel.
- Design a national curriculum for wildlife clubs as a key component of environmental education in primary schools in Ghana.
- Produce and print copies of the wildlife clubs curriculum/manual for all primary schools in Ghana where wildlife clubs are active.
- Organise Training of Trainers Workshops for teachers on the applicability of the curriculum in schools.
- Organise a national launch of the curriculum for advocacy and visibility.
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