Genesis of the project

The EduConservation project was initiated in 2015 by Sabine Plattner, founder of the Sabine Plattner African Charities (SPAC) and member of the board of Leadership for Conservation in Africa (LCA). It arose from the alarming observation of the growing impact of human activities on the environment and biodiversity, which concluded to the urgent necessity of correcting such actions, setting nature conservation as a major challenge for the years to come.

The project is based on education to raise awareness, inform and train the youth for them to become lead actors in protecting their environment.

Objective of the project

Our goal is to forge a responsible generation, capable of facing the challenges of the future in complete awareness of the urge to conserve nature. In the long run, those young people will be the next actors of our social and economic development, and they will be able to convey the values of the importance of protecting the biodiversity along with the sensitive ecosystems. Therefore, that generation will be the leader of change in human behaviours regarding nature.

With this project, our objective is to give them the knowledge and skills that will allow them to reconcile the satisfaction of human needs and the conservation of natural environments.

The four pillars of the pilot project

The EduConservation pilot project lies on four main tasks:

1.

The production of a first activities booklet, in a both paper and digital format, addressed to school teachers and students in three African pilot countries. The age category of this material has been determined by African and European experts.

2.

The definition and application of a digital strategy;

3.

The negotiation with African governments and their Education Ministries: • to introduce our activities booklet in standard school programs during year 2017-2018 • to train the teachers who will be using our material. We intend to reach 5000 to 7000 students in each of the three pilot countries.

4.

Building a coalition of both public and private actors, guaranteeing the quality of the educational productions and the sustainability of the model. Our financing mechanisms rely on international and national public funds and private contributions of companies and foundations; which allow us to make sure our model is stable and durable.

The objectives of this pilot phase will be:

  • To evaluate our capacity to create educational content in a multicultural and multinational context;
  • To test the relevance of our digital platform;
  • To validate the conditions which will allow African countries to be partners of this project;
  • To conceive a sustainable financing model that will allow more African countries to benefit from this project.

A federating project worldwide

If all these goals are achieved, we will define during summer 2017 the conditions to continue and develop this project.

Of course, that problem is not only about Africa but the entire world population. It is for this reason that we wish to connect youth worldwide with digital tools by launching a web-based platform dedicated to informing and solving the nature conservation challenges around the world.

We will then have enthusiastic, responsible and trained young people, who will know the importance of nature conservation in leading durable development actions. They will be young people who firmly believe that it is possible, at an individual level, to act for the planet while being aware of each and everyone’s local reality. They will also be an enlightened, educated youth that will know how to restore the balance between human needs satisfaction and the conservation of natural environments.

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