Today is the beginning of the second term for schools in Zimbabwe. Over the holidays we have been busy engaging with local communities in conjunction with Happy Readers and have been running mobile libraries. Families in Chishakwe were visited and offered reading material. For some of the people in the community this was their first introduction to the conservation material we have in our library and we catered for all age groups.
It was encouraging to find that both the parents and children were enthusiastic about the books and other reading material. Most parents were eager for their children to read about conservation and were keen that the library be used to help with their children’s literacy and education.
Education and community outreach is an important component of the wild dog project as human-wildlife conflict issues can be addressed in this way and education is one of the greatest tools that can be used in conservation biology. The programme also is geared towards improving the reading levels of members of the community, across all age groups. The school holiday activites in Chishakwe were therefore judged to be a success and a step towards the overall goal.