Change my Community is the Chimpanzee Trust’s Environmental Education program. The goal of our work is empowering people to become Change Agents (CA) within their own communities and to gain the skills to live sustainably with the world around them. We also offer educational activities at Ngamba Island. If you are interested in participating in any of our programs, please contact us.
SCHOOL & COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Our school outreach program covers chimpanzee behavior, forest & wildlife conservation, waste management, health & sanitation, music, dance and drama. All of our themes offer links to the National Curriculum – making it easier for teachers to incorporate our visits into their normal programme of work. Schools in the Western Uganda region have an opportunity to visit Kyamalera Wildlife Education Center (KWEC). These visits are mainly meant for education, done through documentary shows, forest walks, bird watching and games. This program is implemented through exhibitions and events, film & documentary shows, community talks and drama productions in various sub counties in the Western Uganda and Koome Islands in Mukono District. Local community members are invited to learn about our work and are made aware of the threats arising from their day to day activities which have destroyed forest habitats and wetlands.
Chimpanzee Trust organizes teachers’ workshops in Hoima and Mukono Districts to train teachers on practical ways of incorporating environmental education into the curriculum. Workshops focus mainly on schools near chimpanzee habitats but are motivated to reach even those that are farther away. We achieve this through formation of environmental conservation groups such as teacher’s environmental committees or school wildlife/ environmental clubs. We have a special interest in promoting school-based enterprises that are focused on solving local environmental challenges in your region or communities.
Chimpanzee Trust organizes teacher workshops in Hoima and Mukono Districts to train teachers on practical ways of incorporating environmental education into the curriculum. Workshops mainly focus on schools near chimpanzee habitats but are motivated to reach even those that are far off. We achieve this through formation of environmental conservation groups such as teacher’s environmental committee, school wildlife/ environmental clubs etc. We have special interests in promoting school based enterprises that are inclined to solving environmental challenges in their region or communities.
ACTIVITIES AT NGAMBA ISLAND
1. School Day Visits: Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary offers a rich variety of formal programming to meet your curriculum needs for primary, secondary and specialized tertiary institutions of learning, including onsite classes and tours. These curriculum-focused programs provide numerous possibilities for learning science, social studies, geography and specific themes for students relating to the current threats to chimpanzees, the wildlife conservation efforts aimed at reversing the trend and the direct actions students can take to get involved. CLICK HERE to contact us or book your student day trip!
2. Student Overnight Camping: Ngamba Island offers sanctuary adventures for children aged 10 – 17 during school breaks. All adventures are 3-day-long courses with different themes designed to spur the understanding, appreciation of chimpanzee behavior and global environmental issues as well as develop practical skills for active conservation efforts. Campers learn from our experienced staff including the caregivers, educators and veterinarians all in simple but fun experiences. Each child will go away inspired to be an environmental steward and ready to make a difference in the world! CLICK HERE to learn more about our student camping experience.