PAN AFRICAN CONSERVATION EDUCATION (PACE) PROJECT

The aim of the project is to promote the protection of wildlife and habitats in Africa through sustainable community development, education, responsible tourism, and wildlife research.

PACE is the Pan African Conservation Education project, funded by the Vodafone Foundation and run in partnership by Tusk Trust and Siren Conservation Education.

In August 2011 all schools that were part of the HvSMF received a set of PACE Manuals and the head teachers received the document below explaining more about the PACE project and how we envisaged your implementation of the project in your school. 

Alex and Claire judged all the participating schools during their visit in March 2012 and made the following awards:

400,000 UGX - Buwoya Primary – fuel saver cooking stove saving on firewood. 

300,000 UGX - Kawuli Primary – planting Mukakali trees, which produce castor oil and act as lightning conductors.

200,000 UGX - Bupadhengo Secondary – planting of flowers, secure dustbin collection centre and washing points for proper hygiene.

100,000 UGX - St Michaels Girls Primary – cabbage planting container using the school’s cow
manure.

 

During 2012 HvSMF ran the competition again and in March 2013 Alex and Claire  made the following awards:

400,000 UGX - Kisadahki Primary – produced energy saving charcoal balls made out of cassava flour, ash and charcoal powder – very slow burning

300,000 UGX - Busesa Primary – built a house for the goats where the manure collects underneath

200,000 UGX - Bukyonza Primary – created neat vegetable garden with large selection for pupils and staff food.

100,000 UGX - Namwendwa Primary – large rubbish pit which creates manure for ginger and banana plantation

Five schools were also given 50,000 UGX each as a highly commended prize in order to encourage more awareness as to how they can help the environment.

The idea behind the PACE project is to...

...help share simple solutions between communities to environmental problems. These include fuel-saving stoves, rainwater harvesting, compost making and minimising soil erosion.  The project produces information about the environment and very practical ways in which people can address common environmental problems.

What teachers impart to children shapes the environment of the future. PACE provides resources so that environmental education can be integrated into the teaching of many different subjects in the curriculum – an efficient and effective way to teach environmental awareness. The books provide teaching activities for use in English, Geography, Science and Art classes. They can all be adapted to suit different age groups and reflect local environmental issues.

Not just a set of books

The books should provide knowledge and practical information to help spread the word about the need for environmental conservation. The books are designed so that schools can start and run environmental projects that improve the school.

Such projects could include:

  • Tree planting
  • School gardens
  • Water harvesting
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Fuel efficient cooking
  • Improving soil quality
  • Reducing soil erosion
  • Managing rubbish
  • Improving hygiene and sanitation

It is our hope that the books will be used in the classroom as a way of introducing practical projects in schools.   Students can both learn about the environment and improve the environment in the school compound.

We hope that schools will use this as an opportunity to start a school garden, to plant trees in part of the compound, or to change the way in which they use firewood in the school kitchen. We hope that schools will be inspired by PACE to think carefully about what work they could do to improve their compound and implement these projects at each school. Although we will not necessarily be able to provide funds for these projects, much of this work can be done relatively cheaply. For example, saplings can be bought at a low cost, or seeds can be collected for free.

To encourage schools to implement the PACE project, we awarded cash prizes to those schools who best implement the project. Each time we visit Uganda, we look at what each school has done to improve their compound and we award cash prizes, together with certificates.

If schools have introduced projects, with which we are particularly impressed, we may be willing to provide additional funding to assist with the project. We will welcome any proposals, which schools put to us, for environmental projects in their school.

 

Please note that there is a lot of further information about PACE on www.paceproject.net