Why Should Conservation be part of all School Curriculums?

Natural resources are important to humans, plants, and animals. We need natural resources to survive. The supply of some natural resources is limited hence the need to conserve them. Conservation of natural resources is the act of protecting natural resources.

The biggest threats to the conservation of natural resources are human activities such as environmental pollution, climatic change, mining, land use, and deforestation.

It is our responsibility to care for natural resources so that the environment can be safe and clean. Conservation education teaches individuals how natural resources and ecosystems interact and how resources may be utilized wisely via organized educational experiences and activities aimed at various age groups and communities.

Using the power of Education to tackle all global issues

Conservation Education Programs need a collaboration of local partners to create and provide high-quality, science-based education on forests, grasslands, and associated natural resources to children of all ages in both formal and informal settings. Education is power and can influence change quicker than anything else. Using conservation in education it: 

  • Recognizes the dynamic nature of ecosystems, the essential role of people in them, and the fact that human activity has both good and bad effects;
  • Reaches a diverse group of students and formal and informal instructors in rural, urban, traditional, and underprivileged areas.
  • Employs superior teaching methods that are based on scientific and technological research and recognized educational standards;
  • Utilizes global woods, grasslands, and experimental forests to provide opportunities for outdoor education in a variety of disciplines, and promotes place-based education;
  • Encourages consumer behaviors that conserve natural resources and mitigate adverse environmental effects; and Integrates Forest Service research into conservation education programs and products.

In Africa Action Change like many other charities working on conservation have developed tracking and monitoring educational and outreach tools to track their efforts throughout the Africa, an example of this is the African Conservation Foundations Conservation Education System. This searchable online directory of programs serves as an excellent resource for locating activities and resources that link children and people to nature. Programs like this provide evidence of how including education into conservation projects has had a huge impact on the projects. 

Climate Change

A big topic of discussion currently is Climate Change. Since the 1980s, researchers have contributed to a growing scientific agreement that global climate change is occurring and that humans must act now to mitigate the effects. Rising temperatures result in hotter summers, earlier snowmelt, decreasing snowpack’s, increased water scarcity, and intensifying wildfires and pest and disease outbreaks in the forest. Landscapes will alter as a result of plant and animal migration. In the UK Sky News have launched a primetime TV show that is dedicated to climate action and world leaders are starting to adopt climate action policies but everyone needs to be involved to help make the change we need by 2050 otherwise it will be too late. 

United Nations SDGs

The United Nations established the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), commonly known as the Global Goals, in 2015 as a global call to action to eliminate poverty, preserve the environment, and guarantee that all people experience peace and prosperity by 2030.

The 17 SDGs are interconnected; they acknowledge that actions taken in one area have an effect on results in other areas and that development must strike a balance between social, economic, and environmental sustainability.

Countries have pledged to prioritizing development for the most disadvantaged citizens. The Sustainable Development Goals are intended to eradicate poverty, hunger, AIDS, and discrimination against women and girls. To accomplish the SDGs in all contexts, all sectors of society must contribute their creativity, know-how, technology, and financial resources.

Action Changes Project that is taking the local Aquarium into African Townships

The purpose of this initiative is to educate and empower young marine conservationists from under-resourced communities. Often, young individuals who live near the beach but are below their country’s poverty threshold have never seen the water. The young voice is powerful; let us work together to teach them about the need of preserving our beautiful blue ocean.

A fully-staffed outreach program in collaboration with a local aquarium. We want to finance an Ocean Bus that will be staffed by experienced experts and equipped with necessary materials and will make regular visits to townships and under-resourced local schools.

We provide youngsters with a unique encounter with real marine creatures via our fully equipped mobile aquarium facility. Additionally, we will support ambitious disadvantaged students to pursue marine internships or training courses in order to develop future conservationists.

This initiative is the beginning of raising public awareness about marine conservation. We want to encourage young people to take action and perhaps consider a career in conservation. Workshops, an extra trip to the Aquarium, and other marine educational centers will be financed, and students who demonstrate a love for the job will be given access to internships. By raising awareness and educating the public, we can cultivate change agents.

Conservation Education project in Limpopo takes children on game drives to introduce them to wildlife

The purpose of this initiative is to inspire and educate impoverished children in South Africa about the significance of wildlife protection. South Africa has a high percentage of impoverished children, which leads to severe school congestion. As a result, these children’s fundamental education suffers, with severe consequences for the surrounding environment and their future.

The project’s main goal is to educate local school children about the value of animal and environmental protection. The initiative is situated in a wildlife orphanage, which houses a variety of rescued wounded or orphaned animals. Although the orphanage strives to reintroduce these creatures to the wild, some are unable to thrive in their native environment and are permanently housed at the orphanage.

Each week, a group of students stays at the orphanage to learn about the significance of wild animals and their protection in a hands-on setting. Additionally, the students are taught a variety of topics that their local school curriculum does not address, such as health and social problems, as well as reading skills development.

As a volunteer, you will be directly involved in the project. You and your other volunteers will be responsible for leading the classes and activities that the youngsters participate in. These activities extend well beyond just instructing the youngsters, since the curriculum is varied and active. You’ll never be bored, whether you’re out on bush hikes, learning about the bad elements of poaching, or discussing the value of respect.

Your goal is to inspire and enlighten schoolchildren, many of whom are impoverished, in the hope that they will gain a better understanding of why it is critical to conserve and protect their country’s indigenous species and environment. This will encourage them to view animals not as adversaries, but as vital components of their national heritage that should be valued and respected. This is critical in bridging the divide between people and nature, which is adversely affecting animals.

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