Group of young students using a rain gauge

Youth Environmental Education

Programs

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.

Our Impact

7,000+

schoolchildren taught about environmental issues

799

students took part in environmental camps

65

youth supported in secondary school or university education

Group of Tanzania youth learning about science

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.

Wildlife Clubs

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.

Young student smiling at school

Environmental Camps

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.

Group of Tanzania students learning about the environment

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.

Youth trip in Tarangire National Park on a bus

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.

Youth studying with books and paper

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

Related

Impact Stories

Meet some of the people whose lives have been changed through our community partnerships.

Woman holding honeycomb

Natural Resource Stewardship

We empower communities to use and manage grasslands and water sources sustainably.

Maasai man holding measuring tape over grasslands

Wildlife Conservation and Coexistence

We reduce human-wildlife conflict, involve local people in conservation, and increase tolerance for coexistence.

Giraffe walking across the open savanna