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Coaching For Conservation

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June 13, 2012

C4C strives to conserve Botswana's natural resources by using sport to engender self-respect and inspire a generation of kids who care.  See more



Coaching for Conservation (C4C) focuses on children and stems from the realization that without the attention and interest of the local young people, Botswana’s conservation aims and the future of Botswana’s spectacular natural resources will remain uncertain. Sport inherently creates a fun environment and is a great mechanism for empowering children. The goal of C4C is to use sport to attract attention and make sport synonymous with healthy lifestyles. In its first year it started with just one school, but has now expanded to all of the schools in the Maun area, with over 500 children participating in a week long Conservation Camp run by over 30 international coaches and educators.

Now in its 7th year, they have developed a curriculum that marries football skills to conservation messages through games led by human and animal coaches. When teaching jumping, for example, and the need for agility on the soccer field, the Impala ‘coach’ teaches about his own behavior and the need for awareness, high jumping (agility), and reliance on the “team” (herd) for survival.

The success and interest in the Coaching for Conservation program from primary schools across northern Botswana has led to the development of the Maun Environmental Education Centre. The center, located in and managed by a local Maun primary school, will provide a permanent resource for all students and teachers and in doing so reinforce conservation values throughout the year in a fun, engaging and inspiring environment. The MEEC will host class trips from all the Maun primary schools for a half day, full day or overnight program. It will also become an educational support for local teachers to help them with teaching methods and materials on the topic of conservation; indeed
Tusk’s PACE project will be available for use at the center.

Tusk is now seeking funds to complete the construction of and equip the MEEC in Phase 1. Phase 2 involves the construction of dormitory accommodation for students to allow school field trips to occur, both day and overnight. Local and regional primary schools will be invited to send a group of students to the MEEC for a hands-on experience with basic laboratory sciences, some wildlife experiences, an overnight stay and a visit to the nearby Maun Wildlife Park. The cost of these excursions – one a month – is covered in Phase 3 of the Centre’s development.



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