Wednesday, 03 December 2014 13:04

Global Vision International Shimoni

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We are Global Vision International Shimoni, working on the South Coast of Kenya. Since 2006 we have been working with volunteers who come from 2 weeks to 6 months. These volunteers come from all around the world and can be anywhere between 18 and 80.
We believe education is the key to conservation.
Already over 70% of East African coastal forests have been lost and Coral reefs are under much environmental pressure. Shimoni’s natural resources are being used up fast with charcoal in huge demand and illegal ring net fishing happening more often. With habitat as well as resource loss and climate change fast becoming the biggest threat to livelihoods, it is vital for the children living on the Kenyan coast to understand the importance of their forest and ocean and wildlife that surrounds them and makes up their home. Yet, raising awareness through environmental education is not in the curriculum in most schools in the area. Most schools do not have access to relevant environmental education resources or lack the specific teaching experience to address environmental issues in class.

Luckily for the children in Shimoni, our local partners; both the schools and Kenya Wildlife Service do realise the urgency and importance of this kind of education as the foundation of local conservation. GVI volunteers, in collaboration with specialised Kenya Wildlife Service staff and rangers teach in six different schools totalling almost 200 children a week with ages ranging from six to sixteen. Volunteers succeed in raising awareness about environmental issues keeping, main focus towards getting Shimoni’s the kids excited about nature. As part of the classes volunteers have been taking the school children into the forests and marine park giving them an opportunity to be a research assistant for a day.

These school children are Kenya’s future scientists, foresters, environmental lobbyists, botanists, primatologists and zoologists. As the great filmmaker and nature educator David Attenborough once said:
“An understanding of the natural world and what's in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfilment.”
These classes are working towards not just protecting the environment for these children but also for their grandchildren.

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