UNITE for the Environment
To increase environmental awareness in Uganda
The North Carolina Zoo's UNITE for the Environment programme in Uganda has been working with communities around Kibale National Park since 2001. Kibale National Park is a world-famous reserve and home to East Africa's largest population of chimpanzees as well as the region's highest density of primates.
UNITE's mission is to conserve wild areas in and around Kibale National Park by promoting environmentally sound attitudes, knowledge and skills of people living in the area. UNITE provides teachers with conservation education trainings and materials that allow them to effectively convey conservation messages to their students. UNITE emphasises student-centred teaching methods while teaching basic environmental knowledge and environmental activities and games that can be integrated into Uganda's national curriculum.
Since its inception, UNITE has reached over 130 teachers and has promoted innovative ways to teach rural communities about conservation and the environment. By helping educate teachers and, in turn, young people about environmental issues and giving them the skills to make informed decisions, we are helping to ensure the future of one of Africa's most important national parks.
WAZA Conservation Project 11021 is implemented by North Carolina Zoo. Other stakeholders involved in the project include the Uganda Wildlife Authority, Kibale Association for Rural and Environmental Development and Kamwenge District Education Office.
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