Photo © Deborah Ross
Education outreach is an important component of conservation work. ACC US invests in opportunities for people to build upon their knowledge of the environment and better understand how their and others actions may influence that environment in a rapidly changing world.
The Wildlife Warrior program educates the next generation of Kenyan conservationists, meets local education and development priorities and ensures there is a strong link between wildlife tourism and community benefit distribution. More than 1,600 children between the ages of 6 and 14 participate in the Wildlife Warriors program.
Lale’enok Education Program
The team at Lale’enok Resource Centre views education in its broadest sense: the generation and sharing of knowledge. They incorporate this view into everything they do. They have established wildlife clubs at local schools, hosted local and international groups to the Centre to share their programs and research, organized an annual concert where children perform songs, dances, poems, plays and debates around a conservation theme and developed the education capacity of conservation leaders to be able to package and relay information to their community.
Art for Conservation
Since 2005, Deborah Ross, a fine art lecturer at The School of Visual Arts in New York City and one of America’s leading wildlife artists, has led watercolor painting workshops in remote African villages to empower voices for conservation. Her Kenyan workshops provide a forum for children to learn from elders about Maasai culture and traditions.
Uaso Ngiro Baboon Project
The Uaso Ngiro Baboon Project (UNBP) partners with African Conservation Centre (ACC) and ACC US to further its long-term work in conservation education in local primary schools, mitigation of human-baboon conflict, and the development and training for local ecotourism walks and other bio-enterprises.