Director, UNAFAS Conservation Values Programme
Research: Strengthening conservation education in Cameroon's schools: Gorillas in the classroom
Species/Topic: Western Lowland Gorilla (including the Cross River Gorillas subspecies)
Abstract: UNAFAS CVP has worked for ten years with Cameroonian education providers, developing wildlife conservation suited to Cameroon school systems, seeking to create an informed population, promoting interest, positive attitudes and behaviour towards Great Apes. Our experience shows that using Great Apes as an ambassador species and embedding conservation education across the curriculum is popular and impactful. This project will roll out recent achievements, building capacity where research and consultation indicates it is most needed — last year teachers and conservation actors developed and tested (in 120 schools ) teacher resources based on Cameroon content, including wildlife laws, gorilla tourism and wildlife research findings. Following requests and suggestions of school inspectors and education authorities, using these teacher resources, this project will develop a university teacher education course. The 8 week course will be delivered at University of Bandjoun, to 140 education students, and then shared with other teacher training facilities.