Environmental Education in Uganda

Building bridges to Uganda through our mutual love of the Earth.

A friend and colleague of mind has just embarked on an amazing trip to Uganda where he and a few friends will be working on various environmental education projects.
Project Profile (source: GiveMeaning)

The Jane Goodall
Institute (JGI), an international environmental organization, first
entered Uganda in 1991, and became an official NGO in 1996. The
government had some rescued chimps that needed to be taken care of, so
an expert from the Institute was sent to be their guardian. Since that
time, their work in Uganda has evolved into a present-day focus on
establishing an effective environmental education program in Uganda’s
schools. The goal of the program is to ensure that every Ugandan student
leaves primary school with a basic understanding of the environment, so
that they are able to make informed, sustainable decisions.
The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada was founded in 1993. JGI
Canada has formed a partnership with JGI Uganda to provide skilled
workshop leaders to assist in JGI Uganda’s environmental education
program – which is where this project fits in. There are four components
to JGI Uganda’s environmental education program: extra-curricular
student-led programs, interactive field centers, new educational
materials, and enhanced teacher training. This project deals with the
latter: teacher training. Three teachers and I are going to Uganda in
July to run a week-long workshop, focusing on environmental education
and pedagogical techniques. We will give the participants the physical
and intellectual tools they need to make environmental education a part
of their curriculum, and give their students greater environmental
Aside from basic schooling, Uganda’s teachers have no professional
development and few, if any, resources. Most have classes well over
thirty students, and they have a very challenging curriculum to
implement. We are fundraising to cover the costs of our workshop, which
will give these teachers a rare and precious professional development
opportunity. Each workshop will cost $5,000 US, which covers food,
accommodation, transport and materials for 36 teachers (talk about
making your dollar work for you!). Each of us are either fundraising for
our costs separately or covering them out-of-pocket. Every cent you
give will go to Ugandan teachers.
Thanks for your time in reading about our project!

You can follow their journey on their blog: http://ugandaeeworkshop.wordpress.com/

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