Our STEP program includes
Field trips for students for their first ever visit into the Serengeti National Park
Enriched conservation curriculum for teachers
Conservation Clubs for students
Tree planting as a way to build awareness
Radio prpgrams with students and teachers as community educators
This program been field tested, evaluated, and introduced in Loliondo schools with excellent results. The current program works with up to ten schools per launch, with a three-day training and field experience event, with follow-up of up to 5 days in schools for coaching and support.
STEP provides Tanzanian primary and secondary science teachers with an intensive training session focused on deepening understanding of environmental issues and environmental protection efforts in Tanzania. One of our key advisors was in a position to lead the revision of these new curricula, and was able to ensure as full inclusion of conservation education as possible into the new primary science curriculum.
The enriched curriculum we developed is an aligned enhancement to the national science curriculum. It provides more current and targeted information concerning threats to conservation, and is designed to motivate students and their communities to take an active role in protecting the wildlife and habitats.
Students are urged to start the clubs in the schools and continue learning about wildlife and environment; and to involve their parents as well. We merge this with our radio programming, in which trained teachers and students are invited to the to share their knowledge with their communities.
In the environmental clubs, teachers discuss with the students how to combat environmental challenges around the school grounds and in the communities. We identify the environmental challenges around the communities living around the schools and adjacent to the parks and look for solutions to destruction of water sources, deforestation, climate change and overgrazing”.
The program also asks students to do follow-up community programs, such as planting trees in their home surroundings doing community clean-up programs. Students serve as outreach to their families and communities. This includes radio programs to the community.