Together with ALERT, Dr Jackie Abell and Researchers at Coventry University, they have developed a tool to assess a conservation education syllabus which is culturally appropriate in Africa. The syllabus is based on problem-based learning, to educate local children about their wildlife and its social, cultural, economic and eclogical value to their country. Many local people’s livelihood depends on their cattle and so when lions attack them, they are seen as ntohing more than 'pests'. The aim is to encourage positive attitudes towards conservation, and foster long-term constructive behaviours so that local people benefit from conserving wildlife. This work utilises academic and practical know-how in education, innovative learning, social psychology, and wildlife conservation.
So what are ALERT doing?
This research recognises that tackling wildlife conservation problems requires the development of multi-disciplinary teams to address the human and animal aspects of wildlife conservation. A good place to start is with the people who will be the future of effective conservation practices in Africa; its children. For conservation to stand a chance in Africa, the people need to care about the species under threat and benefit from its presence.