Throughout its history, Tusk has supported a number of dynamic environmental education centres and rural schools neighbouring conservation areas. We have witnessed firsthand the enormous benefits to both people and their environment when they are educated on conservation issues, and periodically one comes across an environmental problem in one area for which a simple solution has been devised somewhere else. The Mukuu Spring water project in north Kenya is a case in point. At Mukuu a low technological water pump has been installed in the community spring to provide a clean and reliable source for the community and its livestock.
As a result of seeing the immediate benefits to the community, we started inadvertently telling other Tusk projects about the benefits of the Mukuuscheme – it's inexpensive, simple and easy to replicate elsewhere. PACE (Pan African Conservation Education) is in effect an expansion of this formula. With funding from the Vodafone Group Foundation we have, in conjunction with Siren Conservation Education, been able to research, investigate, film, and produce a series of stimulating films and printed materials focusing on environmental problems facing people living across Africa today.
The PACE films and educational materials give practical solutions which have been successfully applied to similar problems in other parts of the continent. We are under no illusion that we have produced all the answers. However, the principle behind PACE is to show that everything in our environment is interlinked, and if we look after our own environment we, the wildlife, and other people we share the planet with, will all benefit.
The PACE initiative looks at seven fields of environmental education: Living with Wildlife, Soils, Forests, Water, Energy, Living by the Ocean and Urban Living. A PACE Pack consists of a series of 32 short educational films on DVD or Video, a beautifully illustrated children’s book – ‘Africa Our Home’, an educators booklet, a contact directory, a CD with 80 action sheets and an educational poster based on the seven topics.
Tusk has had an overwhelming response from schools, education centres and other NGO’s across Africa to the PACE materials. With valuable additional support from DHL, the PACE information has been sent to over 450 organisations in 24 countries in Africa and six in the rest of the world. Projects that have received the information range from large Non Governmental Organisations such as the World Wildlife Fund, the Jane Goodall Institute and the Wildlife Conservation Society to environmental education centres such as Mokolodi in Botswana and small rural schools like the Ntugi Primary School in Kenya. Each has received the materials free of charge. We continue to share the PACE resources on request. In 2014, Tusk and Siren will be distributing a new French edition of the resources updated for relevance to the Francophone regions of West and Central Africa and Madagascar.
In addition, on the PACE website visitors are able to view and download all of the educational materials. Recent figures showed that more than 100 downloads are made from the site every month. Visit www.paceproject.net to view the resources and email firstname.lastname@example.org to express an interest in receiving the resources. If you use PACE and would like to share ideas with other educators, visit the PACE page on facebook
Tusk and Siren have also created educational resources for UK schools around PACE topics. If you or your school would like to get involved, please see the PACE for UK schools page.
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