In September 2013, AWF announced a Clinton Global Initiative commitment to build at least 15 new conservation primary schools over the next 10 years. In Africa, typically, the best schools, qualified teachers, and the majority of educational resources end up in cities and towns. The commitment by AWF upends this paradigm. We intend to build modern “campuses” that are thoughtfully conceived, designed, and constructed, and give students in rural areas of Africa access to the same—if not better—educational resources as their urban counterparts. This is AWF’s Conservation Schools (ACS) program. AWF believes the ACS program has the potential to far exceed our Clinton Global Initiative commitment, and needs a leader who can maximize its potential to deliver the greatest possible conservation and educational gains for communities living with wildlife in Africa.
ACS provides communities with educational opportunities and resources in exchange for the communities’ participation in conservation. ACS is about more than simply constructing or renovating school buildings. The program intends to deliver improved educational outcomes for children through continued professional education for teachers, conservation curriculum, technology and media, and other areas of need. Further, AWF aims to build a sense of ongoing community ownership of ACS schools and a sustainable economic model linking in local businesses.
AWF does not own or operate any schools—ACS projects are public schools. Our goal is to support the foundation for good education, while improving the capacity of teachers, communities, and education ministries to ensure the ongoing advancement of the school and AWF’s conservation agenda. To achieve this, the program needs a leader who has a passionate commitment to the ACS model, with the business skills to manage all stages of the ACS project lifecycle.
The Managing Director (MD) position is an exceptional opportunity for the right person. ACS will be a quasi-independent entity within AWF, and so the MD will need to be a social entrepreneur, able to work closely with AWF’s management team and the ACS committee of AWF’s Board of Trustees to conceive, fund, and execute projects. The MD will report directly to AWF’s Chief Operating Officer. To date AWF has built three conservation primary schools, and in so doing has secured more than 100,000 acres of land for conservation.
Develop & Expand the Program
Build the Schools
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