To hear Craig Sholley tell it, AWF never intended to build schools. Supporting capacity building and opportunities for conservation education, sure. But physically building a school?
In Africa, getting access to a good education isn’t so easy if you live in the bush. Meanwhile, these rural areas are where you find the rich habitats and wildlife.
Through the AWF Conservation Schools (ACS) program, AWF has leveraged education as a way to encourage conservation among rural communities: In exchange for target communities agreeing to take certain conservation actions, AWF is building, or rebuilding, primary schools.
Earlier this month we shared with you about Chelsea Clinton’s visit to African Wildlife Foundation’s (AWF’s) Kazungula Landscape—a critical area that is home to Africa’s largest elephant population.
One of the most pressing problems in the field of elephant conservation today involves human-elephant conflict and how to mitigate it so that both man and elephant can successfully co-exist.
AWF’s Lupani School in Zambia’s Sekute Chiefdom continues to contribute and enhance the educational needs of the school children in the area. It is one of two AWF schools that have inspired AWF to begin to conceive and craft a continent-wide African Conservation Schools (ACS) initiative to approach educational and conservation needs.