Educating communities is critical to ensuring the future of wildlife and their habitats, and promoting values that cultivate coexistence between humans and wildlife. With about 70% of wildlife living outside protected areas – and with many of those areas rapidly decreasing, Save the Elephants is working hard to bridge the gap and create harmonious living between both species. Education of course plays a big part. Through education, we create future ambassadors by providing children with knowledge about conservation and the factors that threaten the survival of wildlife.
In 2019, Save The Elephants and Elephant Watch Safaris, ushered in a new class of 20 scholars into the Elephant Scholarship Programme.
The students come from needy backgrounds and all possess an immense desire to succeed and make a change in their communities. Made up primarily of students from Northern Kenya, they are also undergoing mentorship to enable them achieve their future dreams and goals.
In the final primary school examination results, Margaret ranked in the top position in her school, which got her admission in one of the best girls’ schools in her home County of Taita Taveta – Murray Girls’ High School.
After the first term of school ended in April, the new Elephant Scholars travelled for a four-day Orientation Programme to Nairobi. In partnership with Ewaso Lions, we facilitated a mentorship programme that included career talks, advice on study methods, life skills, and a tour of some historic and iconic places within the city.
These activities not only inspired, but also equipped the students with the skills needed to guide them through the four years of high school, and beyond. We also took this opportunity to remind the students of the importance of the scholarship programme as a tool to promote community conservation. We can’t wait to see what they go on to achieve!