We've finally distributed the remaining textbooks as part of a home schooling programme!
2020 was a very challenging year globally – education in rural Zimbabwe, including wildlife areas, suffered a great deal as a result of school closures, absent and underpaid teachers and the lack of necessary technological infrastructure and qualified support to allow for home schooling.
At the end of 2020, the Camelthorn Foundation was able to purchase over 2,200 textbooks for rural schools along Hwange National Park’s southern boundary and distributed most of these across 14 schools in December. Read more here
The remaining textbooks were distributed as part of a pilot home schooling programme spearheaded by Imvelo Safari Lodges in April 2021.
The team visited six schools, four of them primary and two secondary, and distributed over 280 home schooling packs to Grade 7 and Form 1 students, each consisting of two readers, a stationary kit (a notebook, a pen, pencil, eraser and pencil sharpener) and a tailormade grammar book of over 80 pages of exercises and lessons. In addition, over 260 Form 1 and Form 2 students also received English Form 1 learner books and over 130 Early Childhood Development (ECD) children received a tailormade colouring, matching and game workbook as well as books, learning materials and toys. These packs are specifically for the children to take home and keep, as something they can learn from even in the event that schools close again or teachers are absent.
Schools were also given chalk, bond paper, vegetable seeds, a number of other reading books, textbooks and materials. Another four schools in the area were also visited and were donated goods including fabric, three sewing machines and at least five bags of fabric, sewing materials and supplies, as well as an impressive number of toys, clothes and books.
View a video about the week here:
Imvelo Safari Lodges
Imvelo Safari Lodges
Awareness of the importance of conservation as well as general education play a crucial role in safeguarding wildlife and exposing people to different socio-economic opportunities. Without education, there is no hope for true community engagement in wildlife conservation – education must start in the classroom and with the right resources.
Find out more about our campaign to supply rural teachers and children in wildlife areas with textbooks here