ERIC Number: EJ713290
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan-1
Reference Count: 42
Successes and Challenges in East African Conservation Education
Johnson-Pynn, Julie S.; Johnson, Laura R.
Journal of Environmental Education, v36 n2 p25 Win 2005
Environmental education (EE) programs that include service-learning components have great potential to positively impact East African youth, their communities, and their ecology. This exploratory study describes 2 programs in East Africa, The Jane Goodall Institute's Roots & Shoots (R&S) and Wildlife Clubs of Uganda (WCU). The authors studied school-based programs in 10 communities adjacent to national parks or wildlife sanctuaries by interviewing and surveying student members, teachers, and program coordinators. Results indicate that despite the harsh context and unique challenges facing programs in the developing countries of Tanzania and Uganda, groups showed remarkable strides in increasing conservation knowledge, fostering members' personal and social development, and raising community awareness. The successes and challenges of these East African programs highlight the importance of considering contextual factors when designing best practices in conservation education.
Descriptors: Service Learning, Program Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Wildlife, Ecology, Conservation Education, Environmental Education, Individual Development, Social Development, Secondary Education, Citizenship Responsibility
Heldref Publications, Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation, 1319 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-1802. Web site: http://www.heldref.org.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa; Tanzania; Uganda