Forgive the long delay between posts; things have been absurdly busy here, but I have loads to report. As regular followers of this blog will know, along with our work on the wild dogs we are working on expanding and improving our current environmental education project in the rural primacy schools around Save Valley Conservancy and Gonarezhou National Park. Hopefully the full project will be rolled out in January 2012.
As part of this, we recently collaborated with Chishakwe Ranch (where the wild dog project is based) to hold a teacher training workshop. The event was organized and hosted by Chishakwe, and teachers from two schools near the ranch boundary were invited to participate.
We had an education consultant, Helen McGregor, currently a teacher in the UK, helping us develop the program and she was instrumental in assisting Chishakwe in organizing and teaching much of the workshop.
As well as our aim to motivate teachers and give them ideas for how to teach environmental issues to their students, we also took the opportunity to get their feedback on the materials and resources we have designed and collated for our large-scale education program.
We got some extremely helpful suggestions and comments and are confident that our resources now being finalized are appropriate and useful, aimed at the right level for rural primary schools in Zimbabwe and user-friendly enough to be eagerly adopted by teachers.
We look forward to telling you more about this education project as it develops.