African People & Wildlife is helping to grow the next generation of conservation leaders.
Our youth environmental education programs directly impact rural schoolchildren through after-school wildlife clubs, national park field trips, environmental summer camps, and scholarship programs.
schoolchildren taught about environmental issues
students took part in environmental camps
youth supported in secondary school or university education
Your support will help us educate the next generation of doctors, teachers, and conservationists.
For just $100 per month, you can send a scholar to private school for one year.
Hundreds of rural schoolchildren in four key communities take part in our after-school wildlife clubs. Students study topics such as local wildlife ecology, natural resource management, and Tanzania's conservation history. They also plan and execute fun-filled, community-wide events like World Lion Day and Earth Day.Wildlife club graduates serve as youth environmental mentors, working weekly with their respective clubs to organize activities and serve as role models.
Week-long environmental camps provide rural students with in-depth knowledge about specific conservation themes. To participate, campers must compete via a written exam and be active members in one of our wildlife clubs. Our evaluations show that campers experience increased environmental knowledge, positive attitude shifts about living with wildlife, and a desire to effect change in their communities.
National Park Trips
For many of Tanzania's rural youth, visiting a national park is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Each year, we take our wildlife club members on a field trip to Tarangire National Park, where they are exposed to the tourism industry and can see and learn about wild animals in a relaxed atmosphere. Pre- and post-trip evaluations have shown increased knowledge about wildlife and the environment.
Noloholo Environmental Scholarships
Many rural youth in Tanzania cannot afford the cost of education beyond primary school. To date, we have provided 79 high-achieving students with six-year, full-ride scholarships to secondary schools. Nine graduates of the program are now receiving university scholarships to continue their education in a variety of disciplines.
I love all the science subjects, but my favorite subject is biology. I would like to be an animal biologist one day.
Hussein Maricha, Noloholo Environmental Scholar
Meet some of the people whose lives have been changed through our community partnerships.
Natural Resource Stewardship
We empower communities to use and manage grasslands and water sources sustainably.
Wildlife Conservation and Coexistence
We reduce human-wildlife conflict, involve local people in conservation, and increase tolerance for coexistence.