In 2010, Great Plains Conservation launched our Conservation Education program in Botswana. The focus of the conservation education program is the wildlife club at the primary school in Gudigwa, a remote village neighboring the Duba and Selinda reserves. Teaching the children of Gudigwa their central role in conservation and boosting their self-confidence are at the core of the Conservation Education program.
In addition to supporting the school’s wildlife club during the school year, each December 20 students spend four days at a Conservation Camp at Selinda Explorers Camp experiencing game drives, bush walks, conservation lessons, cultural activities, arts and craft, and of course the annual soccer match against the facilitators!
A particular benefit of the Conservation Camps is exposing the children to mentors and wildlife champions from their own community in the form of the Great Plains Conservation guides.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, Solar Calculators, Solar Lantern Lights, and Wide-Ruled Paper
(English) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
(English) Alphabet, Math, and Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Printers, Solar-Powered Working Laptops, Tablets, USB Cables, and Working Laptops
Chess Sets, Connect Four, and Scrabble
Frisbees, Inflation Pumps, Jump Ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Soccer Balls, Team Uniforms/Kits for Soccer, Tennis Balls, and Whistles
Antibiotic Ointments, Band-Aids, and Sanitary Napkins
Books about Gardening, Cloth Caddy for Small Tools, Gardening Gloves, Hand Forks, Small Pruning Shears, Spades, and Trowels
We have started a craft group for the children in the school teaching them to knit – hats, scarves and other items they find fun and interesting. We have had an overwhelming interest in the project from the pupils in the school and the boys in the group are showing the most skill and proficiency with knitting. The children really enjoy learning from our own Mother Kea – an established community member to is kind and patient with the children and has been involved with ladies craft groups in Seronga for many years now. Teaching boys and girls to knit is a fun activity that keeps them busy and teaches them a skill they don’t have. It’s a great time to bring everyone together and learn something new and different. We are all enjoying and sharing the experience together.
Knitting Needles (Any Material) and Wool of Various Colors and Size
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.