Young Gorilla Lovers

Conservation education classes are back! Finally! Rwandan schools run from late-January through November. Since the beginning of the new year, we’ve been busy in the office preparing for classes, hiring a new staff member plus a communications consultant, and working on staff computer skills. We’ve also been pushing forward our briquette initiative with local community members, training them how to make an alternative cooking fuel from recycled material. We’re all lacking a bit of sleep, but that’s the way things go around here.

Meeting New Students
New students at Nyange Primary School.  Photo by Mlly Feltner. Rwanda feltner_aoc_021010_059New students and a gorilla. Photo by Molly Feltner.

We increased our number of days in the field this year by adding an additional class. Monday and Tuesday we return to Rushubi Primary School. Wednesday and Thursday we are at Nyange 1 Primary School.

Conservation Education classes in Rwanda.  Art of Conservation Class 1, Rushubi Primary School.Classroom photo at Rushubi Primary School.

AoC’s methodology includes offering schoolchildren living in the poor rural communities surrounding Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park a year-long intensive conservation education program in partnership with the children’s primary schools.

First day of classes in Rwanda.  Julie Ghrist with Nyange kids.  Photo by Molly Feltner. feltner_aoc_021010_190I look pretty serious even though this is only the introduction. Photo by Molly Feltner.

Have you hugged a gorilla today?  AoC Rwanda 2010.Have you hugged a gorilla today?

My mom bought me – her 44 year old daughter! – this stuffed toy gorilla a few years ago. I finally had room to pack the gorilla in my duffle bag when I returned to Rwanda from my Christmas holiday in the U.S. I am waiting for the kids to come up with a name for him/her. Share your ideas for a name!

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  1. By Kristina on March 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm


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