A new Mobile Education Unit in Kenya
The forests, coastal areas and national parks of Kenya’s north coast, including the Malindi province, offer unique biodiversity, with rare species of fauna and flora, including the dugong; a sea-mammal that is remotely related to the sea cow. The endangered dugong is still hunted for its meat and oil. Wildlife Clubs of Kenya are actively involved in making local fishing communities and youth aware of the importance of sustainable conservation to ensure that the region and its treasures remain intact for future generations.
About the applicant
Wildlife Clubs of Kenya is a youth conservation education organisation that is supported by the Kenyan government through its Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife. It was formed by Kenyan students in 1968, and it was the first conservation organisation of its kind in the developing world.
About the application (2010)
One of Wildlife Clubs of Kenya’s most effective ways to reach and educate the Kenyan population has been its Mobile Education Unit (MEU), a vehicle fully equipped with a power generator, a multi-media projector, a public address system and other teaching and learning resources. The MEU travels to schools in large parts of Kenya, including the poorest remote areas, where there isn’t even electricity and running water.
The MEU has grown immensely popular with school children in both urban and rural areas. It combines all the elements of a good learning experience; it’s fun, educational and interactive, and above all, it is a welcome change from the daily routine of classroom instruction. But while the MEU is perfectly suited to reaching remote areas, limited resources have made it impossible to cover the whole country. The large coastal province is an example of an important area that could benefit from education. The Wildlife Clubs of Kenya needed funds to establish a new Mobile Education Unit, especially for the Malindi and North Coast.
The Prince Bernhard Nature Fund made funds available to purchase a new vehicle and also provided funding for the purchase and installation of other equipment. The vehicle is now fully functional and will be used to educate the local community, especially children, about ecological and environmental issues related to the local marine life and coastal region. Wildlife Clubs of Kenya also offers support to school clubs and regional action groups, and promotes conservation projects involving the youth and their local communities. For more information, visit http://www.wildlifeclubsofkenya.org