If we want to protect rhinos in the future we need today’s children to grow up to be wildlife stewards and so it is important to teach children the benefits of wildlife and how to protect them. Educating children is also a great way to pass messages onto the wider community about how to protect their local wildlife. It is important for local people to learn how and why it is important to look after their local natural resources including wildlife to ensure they have the ability to grow food, have access to clean water and earn a living.
For an education programme to be effective it needs to have clear measureable goals of what the education should achieve which should be linked to the conservation goal. It also requires committed, enthusiastic well trained staff; transport; equipment and educational materials.
It is important to not throw resources at children and expect that to educate them how important their environment is. Every education programme may be planned out differently depending on what it is trying to achieve and who it is trying to reach.
Save the Rhino supports several environment education programmes and also recruits technical support from zoos. The education departments in zoos have provided an invaluable support system for many programmes providing guidance on how to plan an education programme and also implementing monitoring and evaluation to ensure the programme will continue to develop.
Below are programmes that Save the Rhino helps to support their environmental education work.
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