Saving Gorillas Through Educating and Empowering Communities

From Julie
From Julie

Back to school! This week my team and I return to the field every morning to teach darling Rwandan children how to better care for themselves, their community, and the environment. Every morning we pack our truck at the AoC office with fantastic learning materials and travel up towards the Volcanoes National Park.

Class #1 for 2013 Art of Conservation, RwandaA photo of students taking our pre-questionnaire. Doesn’t quite seem fair to quiz the kids on their conservation & health knowledge at our first class meeting, but these questionnaires help measure our teaching skills and the childrens understanding.

Art of Conservation annually provides 200 children – 10 to 16 years of age – living in rural communities bordering Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park with over 20,000 hours of comprehensive conservation and health education. Additionally, AoC conducts workshops one Friday and one Saturday per month.

Class #1 for 2013 Art of Conservation, RwandaOur first session together sets the stage to a safe and nurturing learning environment. These girls celebrate at the end of todays lesson.

Our conservation lessons focus on the importance of protecting the health and stability of the local ecosystem, with special emphasis on the critically endangered mountain gorilla. AoC’s health and personal care classes help students learn to lessen the instances of human illness being transmitted to the gorilla population by people living in and near the national park.

Please stay with us and better get to know the team, our new teachers-in-training, students, and their families.

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