Environmental education has long term consequences in shaping a sense of environmental consciousness, and developing attitudinal and behavioral changes within local communities. Sustainable development and conservation goal can only be achieved when local communities recognize the importance of conserving biodiversity and wise use of natural resource for their livelihood and wellbeing. This is especially true where the natural environment is under constant threat due to multiple factors such as over exploitation and depletion of natural resources, destruction of ecosystem and natural habitat, loss in biodiversity and growing pollution.
Nature Rwanda takes environmental education not only as a program for diffusing ideas and conservation messages but also as a means to bring responsive action among individuals, groups and society as a whole. It puts emphasis on both formal and informal environmental education. Nature Rwanda helps create change agents in students and teachers through its school programs by undertaking special conservation education activities, formations and mobilizing of green force clubs, eco-clubs, and environmental teacher’s forum. Its informal education programs focus on creating awareness among the general public both in rural and urban areas through mobilization of community based institutions and networks. Nature Rwanda also actively engages with the wider public through various audio-visual and print media to share, learn and discuss about pertinent conservation and environmental issues.
Environmental Awareness and Outreach
Research and Knowledge Management
Awareness and outreach programs are integral in shaping a sense of environmental consciousness to bring positive attitudinal and behavioral changes. This is especially true in the context of changing rural-urban dynamics and growing consumer cultures that are gradually isolating people from nature.
Increasing the awareness of communities is an essential component of conservation programs. Our outreach initiatives in community sensitization, exposure visits, school outreach, visiting information centers and museums, awareness camps and action campaigns, visitor awareness, special events, radio, media and other outreach materials help build collective solidarity for conservation success.
Nature Rwanda executes its conservation education predominantly through the Pan-African conservation Education project; we have initiated the “Voice of Nature” for primary and secondary schools. By instituting conservation education as a prerequisite curriculum in schools, Nature Rwanda makes a difference through early sensitization of young children who largely influence household and collective social attitudes toward pro-conservation initiatives. In addition, Nature Rwanda supports schools with teacher’s training, teaching materials and necessary infrastructure, engaging students in hands-on involvement with various conservation activities, along with education tours and camps.
Nature Rwanda also reaches large numbers of students through the formation and mobilization of student networks such as eco-clubs, green force clubs, and Eco-Voices among others. Nature Rwanda conducts other regular special education classes and camps especially in the buffer zone of protected areas. Through our scholarship programs, Nature Rwanda supports students for professional internships; and short courses. All these contribute to developing a future generation that is ready to lead the future of conservation in the country.