KEEP-ing kids out and about
In the past year, more than 2 500 grade 3 and 4 learners have participated in this exciting program.
03 February 2019 | Education
In 2018, more than 2 500 grade 3 and 4 learners from 26 primary schools participated in this fun, interactive and hands-on environmental education programme that was implemented by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF).
While GCF is the only organisation in the world that concentrates solely on the conservation and management of giraffe in the wild, in Namibia they also implement the largest environmental education programme when it comes to sheer numbers.
KEEP began in 2016 after the directors of GCF realised that many young Namibians living in the capital had never seen a giraffe, despite these iconic creatures living just on their doorsteps.
But KEEP is not only about giraffes. This programme aims to inspire youngsters to care for the environment by allowing them the chance to reconnect with nature through a targeted field-based approach.
KEEP was developed specifically for grade 3 and 4 learners to get them out of the classroom and into nature.
The programme takes place at the Daan Viljoen Game Reserve where they spend time tracking wildlife, identifying plants and animal species, and learning more about environmental challenges the country faces.
While in the field, participants experience the beauty of nature and learn how easily human lifestyles can affect the environment.
Students get actively involved in the programme and experience first-hand how everything in nature is interlinked.
A specially developed workbook is used as a resource during the field day and each student takes it home afterwards.
With a focus on a range of
environmental topics and its close links to the Namibian primary school curriculum, it is an excellent teaching resource for both teachers and learners.
The GCF employs a young and enthusiastic team of three to implement KEEP, who are recent Nature Conservation graduates from the Namibia University of Science and Technology.
KEEP is now entering its 4th year and so far over 6 600 learners and 200 teachers have participated in the programme.
Once again, KEEP invites all schools from the region to join the programme.
Since the GCF is committed to making it accessible to all schools, they work hard to source funding to provide a free service whenever possible.
In some cases GCF even provides transport to allow school groups to participate.
All learners also get a healthy snack (an apple, crackers and a sandwich for lunch) to make sure they keep their strength in the bush.
There are still open spaces to participate this year.
If you would like to arrange a class trip, get in touch with the GCF via https://giraffeconservation.org
or give them a call on 081 642 3271.