Conservation Education and Extension
In the developing country like Nepal, where most of the rural people have low level of awareness on the issues of conservation, NTNC believes Conservation Education and Extension (CEEP) should form the core of every conservation endeavor so that it can lead to a successful community-based integrated conservation and development programs.
CEE is adopted not only as a program for diffusing ideas and conservation messages in the community but also as a means to bring about positive changes in the prevailing attitudes regarding the sustainable use and management of natural and cultural resources. NTNC places emphasis both on formal (school) and informal (out of school) CEE programs to reach to a wider range of community.
Project-wise focus programs:
Conservation education and extension program (CEEP) aims at spreading the conservation awareness message to every part of the ACA and beyond. Different activities are organized to deliver the message of conservation and development through formal school education at grade 6, 7 and 8 with special curriculum, and, informal education such as, adult literacy classes and mobile awareness camps. This is the backbone of ACAP program as it is based on the ethic that only education can change the attitude of people and through this program local people as well as visitors are given series of awareness on the different approaches and programs undertaken in the Conservation Area.
To encourage conservation education, MCAP has regular conservation awareness camps for the local people. It supports by providing scholarship grants in public school for local students.
With an aim to create awareness in conservation, Green Force Clubs and Environmental Teacher’s Forum are formed. Fencing materials to schools for greening their premises and school material support are provided. Radio program on conservation education are aired via local FM radio fortnightly. Financial support is provided for the education of Disadvantage Group (DAG) children and other school children.
BCP has various programs targeted to school students, user groups and other community members. Eco clubs formed with project support organize a range of conservation activities including rallies, sign campaign, street drama, poem competition, folk songs, art competition and wall magazine publication to disseminate conservation messages. Every school in the buffer zone has an Eco teacher who teaches environmental courses. BCP has produced and distributed educational material to 39 schools of 7 VDCs.
Under conservation education program, Green Force Clubs are formed and provided supports for education materials and school greenery program.
One of the focuses of the zoo is to serve as a conservation education center in an urban environment. In order to facilitate the process, the zoo undertakes various interactive conservation education activities such as zoo guided tour, keepers talk program, treasure walk and zoo patrolling and publication of various manuals, books and posters for these events.
Since its management handover to NTNC, under the FOZ program, a total of 22,000 members from different school have enrolled among which 3,000 are actively participating in various conservation programs. Educational tours, contests, training on different subjects and animal feeding programs are organized to enhance their knowledge about caring for wild animals. In addition, a FOZ teacher committee has also been formed and is working together with the Zoo in order to strengthen the relationships with the schools.