Education and Outreach
Nature Positive Kids Outreach Program
WildlifeDirect joined forces with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and The Walt Disney Company to develop the National Geographic’s Team Sayari TV series and implement Nature Positive Kids outreach program to be rolled out to 10,000 learners aged 7-12 years old in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.
Team Sayari is a nature-based television program produced by Nairobi-based production company called White Rhino Films for National Geographic in Association with WildlifeDirect and is funded by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In the series, young presenters and field reporters from across the continent together with African experts in five countries explore, discover, learn about our environmental challenges and educate and inspire young viewers how to reduce their impact, protect and restore nature. Team Sayari airs every Saturday on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182, Starsat 221) at 1:00 p.m.( EAT).
The overall goal of the project is to inspire and catalyze behavioral change that will have a lasting impact on the conservation of species rich landscapes and generate meaningful economic development opportunities for communities in East Africa.
WildlifeDirect is also partnering with 3 conservation organizations based in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania to implement the outreach project in schools across East Africa. The three partners are African People and Wildlife, Oceans Alive Foundation and Prime Biodiversity Conservation organization.
To mark this year’s World Wildlife Day, we are announcing a call for conservation project proposals open to all schools participating in the Nature Positive Kids Outreach Program.
To learn more about this program, reach out to Joy Omulupi, Education and Outreach Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Creating a Generation of Wildlife Warriors
WildlifeDirect’s signature Education and Outreach program, Wildlife Warriors Kids is an education program that introduces Kenyan children to endangered wildlife through a nationwide program targeting public primary schools. We are leveraging on the Safaricom 2018 calendar and use companion activity books and learning materials, activities and field trips. The project is in its second year of implementation and we are working with 33 schools in Kenya.
Wildlife Warriors Kids
Through the program WildlifeDirect takes children between eight and twelve years old to national parks and reserves throughout Kenya. WildlifeDirect hosts camping expeditions each year for select number of children where they learn about the environment, critically endangered species inhabiting the parks and the conservation efforts of scientists and communities in and around wild life.
Many children in Kenya, especially those in informal settlements, have never seen wildlife or been to any of our national parks and reserves. Wildlife Warriors seeks to engage these children by developing learning materials such as research and activity books to educate children about different species of animals. Through citizen science, WildlifeDirect connects children to their wildlife and nature and inspires them to value and act to conserve it. Through technology and science the children in turn nurture their desire to want to share this information with their peers, parents, teachers and larger community. The program’s aim is to create a generation of Wildlife Warriors; young advocates and champions of conservation who meaningfully work within their communities and contribute to sustainable and responsible solutions to matters effecting the environment, conservation and human wildlife conflict.
Publications of books
WildlifeDirect is publishing wildlife books that allows children to learn about the different species of wildlife and what they can do to help conserve them. The project is still in its early stages and we are working with Storymoja who have already published the Wildlife Warrior Passport, Elephant Fact Book, Elephant Activity Book and Wildlife Warriors Teachers Guide.
Kids and Goats for Elephants
As part of citizen science approach to experiential learning, WildlifeDirect has launched an innovative called ‘Kids and Goats for Elephants’ led by Dr. Paula Kahumbu and Prof. Thure Cerling a distinguished professor from the University of Utah.
WildlifeDirect is engaging 450 students from M-PESA Foundation Academy in the collection of data which will entail analyzing the chemicals in goat’s hair to generate a map that will allow children to participate in forensic science and identify the source of seized ivory while learning chemistry, geography, geology, ecology, conservation, agriculture and climate change.
Studio hosts Mysha Hodson (15), Marita Lucas (14), Shanah Manjeru (16), Railey Mwai (12) and Adarsh Nagda (14) and young field presenters from across the continent Thandolwethu Fani (15), Khahliso Khojane (15), Sabrina Kilumanga (11), Atule Mazane (14)Christian Mekhi (11), Toluwanimi Olaoye (13) and Sheilah Sheldone (14)
WildlifeDirect takes one hunderd and sixteen children to Mpala Research Centre in Laikipia, Kenya to celebrate World Elephant Day and World Lion Day 2019.
WildlifeDirect takes ninety children to Samburu National Reserve in Kenya to celebrate World Elephant Day 2016.
Global March for Elephants, Rhinos, Lions and other endangered species 2019.
MADE POSSIBLE BY
The Education and Outreach Program is a partnership between WildlifeDirect, Mpala Research Center, Storymoja Publishers, Brookhouse International School and the 33 primary schools in Kenya, and is generously supported by National Geographic Society, The Perfect World Foundation, Safaricom PLC, Siemiatkowski Foundation, Jana Robeyst Trust Fund, University of Utah, Yatta Juice by KWAL and Individual donors.