Environmental Education Program For Children

CAPEC Environmental Education (EE) started in 2006.It seeks to reach out to children in Nursery and Primary schools in Cameroon especially in the Central and South West Region of the Country. These program target 60,000 children and 40,000 teachers in the South West Region of Cameroon (Meme, Manyu, Fako, Ndian and Lebialem).So far, we have been operating in the Centre province and working with many institutions and children from Dan and Sarah Foundation, Foundation Fact and also some few schools like the Bitame Lucia Nursery and Primary School, Queen’s Way and Group Scolaire Bilingue Les Innocents. With the support from Cameroon Wildlife Aid Fund (CWAF) now known as Ape Action Africa (AAA), these children are able to visit the Mefou National Park and Mvog-Betsi Zoo-Botanical Garden, were they learn about conservation and protection of their environment. With our recent partnership with Betterworld Cameroon a series of workshops with pupil in the different school CAPEC works on are being plan.

Our Objectives Are:

  • To strengthen the knowledge base and create a strong sense of awareness on environmental issues amongst school children, and thus empower communities to reduce poverty through sustainable development
  • Change the attitudes/behaviours vis-a-vis the environment and instil a sense of responsibility for protecting the environment by involving them in beautifying the school landscape and increasing their awareness of the ecological value of their surroundings
  • Our EE will contribute to the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals number 7: to ensure environmental sustainability; as well as number 2: to achieve universal primary education by 2015,by ‘integrating conservation and sustainable use into education programmes (formal and non-formal) through the provision of education opportunities that particularly target communities that are poor and overly dependant on natural resources

*-The program also addresses and promotes the following:

- The consumption of farmed animals as an alternative to bushmeat, especially bushmeat from primates;

- Joining in environment activities such as tree /flower planting;

- Responsible disposal of rubbish and waste

- Knowledge of Cameroon’s wildlife/environmental legislation

  • To teach, restore and preserve the richness of our environment through outreach to children, their parents and teachers, through schools and home schooling.
  • To nurture their sense of wonder, imagination, and creativity
  • Provide children with a sense of beauty, calm, and refuge in a sometimes frightening world

Activities Related to this Program

  • Capacity Building Workshop
  • Creation of Environmental Clubs in school
  • Production of poster, and manual for teachers and children
  • Pedagogical visit to Wildlife Centre and Botanic Garden to learn about preservation and conservation
  • Tree and Flower planting exercise in different schools, communities and public places such as the hospitals, market places etc
  • Essay, poetry and arts competition among schools

Expected Results:

  • Pupils are able to identify the major environmental problems within their school/ communities and the role they can play as key agents of change.
  • Children become role models within their schools/communities, and recommend actions that will help in attaining the aims and objectives.
  • Pupils are recognized as effective partners and key stakeholders in promoting sustainable development through effective Environmental Education within the South West Region of Cameroon and beyond.
  • Create awareness within the communities through the school and community programs.
  • Ensure massive participation of pupils at all levels in sustainable development programs
  • Determination to recognize and overcome obstacles that prevent pupils and other citizens to participate fully in sustainable development project through effective Environmental Education (EE)
  • Empowerment of pupils through capacity building to empower their peers.
  • Increased determination for pupils to act as role models within their schools/communities and as effective future environmental leaders.
  • Providing a platform for individuals to identify groups and resources to carry out networking activities.