SANCTUARY WELFARE AND VISITATIONS
The month of February was dry though out. Giraffe health was a great challenge throughout the month with Hellen, Lynne and Laura falling sick at different intervals on the course of the month. Strict measures were taken throughout the month to check the giraffes’ diet and their drinking water to help overcome any serious illness associated with their diet. The number of visitors who went through the sanctuary stood at 241.
COASTAL MARINE ECOSYSTEM STAKEHOLDERS WORKSHOP, AT MILELE BEACH HOTEL ON FEBRUARY 23RD – 25TH, 2012.
The Education Department organized a 3 day workshop for the Coastal Marine Ecosystem Stakeholders at Milele Beach Hotel in Mombasa on February 23 – 25, 2012. The workshop brought together 32 teachers and 10 Environmental youth Group Leaders. This workshop whose theme was “sustaining the Coastal Ecosystem through school – community linkages”, drew participants from the learning institutions and Youth Group organizations based in the entire coastal region stretching from the Kenya – Somali border to Kenya – Tanzania border. Main areas represented in this workshop included Mombasa county , Malindi-Kilifi county, Kwale county, Shimoni, Kiunga, Lamu, among many other counties.
2011 – 2012 SCHOOL MICROPROJECT IMPLEMENTATION AND MANAGEMENT TRAINING, AT THE GIRAFFE CENTRE ON FEBRUARY 15TH, 2012.
For the first time the Education Department organized for one day training on school micro-project implementation and management for sustainability and thereafter awarding of cheques to the 18 schools whose project proposals had met AFEW’s set criteria. The training benefitted all schools who received funding towards implementing different sustainable school micro-projects during the 2011 – 2012. Most of the schools intended to implement projects on water harvesting, tree planting, Greening school environment, Fish farming, Biogas project and Training of Trainers for 60 primary school teachers which were to be done by the Yatta ESD Teachers Network.
This training was organized to help feel the gaps and weaknesses which have been noted in the past 3 years during the monitoring and evaluation exercises on school micro-project. The participants of this workshop were trained on sustainable school micro-projects, Participatory Environmental School Management and Project monitoring and evaluation as well as reporting. We hope this training will go a long way in helping AFEW to realize better output in its endeavour to promote sustainable conservation in Kenya through ESD training.
GARISSA COUNTY TEACHERS REGIONAL WORKSHOP, FEBRUARY 6th – 8th, 2011
The Education Department hosted a 3 day North Eastern and Upper Eastern Teachers Workshop at the Giraffe Centre. This workshop brought together 17 Participants drawn from the expansive region. For many of these participants it was their first time to learn about ESD. The theme of the workshop was “Teaching and Learning to address dryland ecosystem challenges”.
The main objective of this workshop was to create awareness about the various conservation challenges within Garissa county, to get a better understanding of some of the environmental projects that can be initiated in schools and communities and finally to highlight and strengthen the linkages between schools and local communities in addressing environmental challenges. The main output of this workshop was the formation of a regional teacher’s environmental network aimed at promoting partnership amongst the schools located in the county. It is our hope that the newly formed networks will spearhead ESD implementation through the schools and local communities.
We hosted a total of 1,899 students, teachers and parents excluding the ecology trip participants. A total of 332 students went on Eco-trip. We conducted 2 more ecology trip for Kereita region under new itinerary programme. We are doing the analysis of the feedback received during the trips from the participating learning institution to confirm whether we can adopt the itinerary.