“Protect The Wildlife We Love”- Nature Exploring Program for 900 elementary students in Hoa Binh province

To cultivate a love for nature and raise awareness of natural environment/wildlife protection in Vietnam, Save Vietnam’s Wildlife has organized “Protect The Wildlife We Love” (PWWL) for 900 elementary students aged 8 to 10 in Yen Thuy and Lac Son districts, Hoa Binh province.

Acknowledging the fact that children aged 8 to 10 enjoy exploring their surroundings by themselves, we designed the Discovery Handbook especially for the program. This brings a great opportunity for the children to play a role as a Plants Researcher, an Animal Researcher or a Forest Protection Ranger. Role-playing will make their learning experiences more fun and practical. As a result, the children will memorize the activities and information longer. After the trip, we hope that they can share what they have learned to spread the message about wildlife conservation with their friends, families, schools, and communities.” Ms. Nguyen Thi Huong Nga, School Programs Team Leader of SVW shared.

The first two trips occurred this weekend with the participation of third-grade students of Yen Nghiep Elementary School. Each trip would take up to 25 students, with the support of two teachers.

From December 2018 till the end of the school year 2018-2019, this program will conduct 30 trips for about 900 students grade 3, 4 and 5 from 30 classes of three Elementary Schools Yen Tri, Yen Nghiep and A Ngoc Luong, in Yen Thuy and Lac Son districts, Hoa Binh province.

Minh Duc, a student of class 3A, Yen Nghiep Primary school shared after the trip: “Today I was an Animal Researcher. I learned about a lot of beautiful animal friends living in the forest. We must not take them out of the forest, because the forest is their home.”

Joining PWWL program, children will have a whole morning full of exciting activities such as visiting the ancient tree, exploring the nature, flora and fauna in the Botanical garden at Cuc Phuong National Park (NP), and taking part in group games. In the afternoon, they will visit Carnivore and Pangolin Education Center to learn about the diverse biology of Vietnam. This is a great opportunity for children to observe wildlife with their own eyes, listen to touching animal stories, and understanding the impact of illegal hunting, trading, captive breeding in Vietnam.

Ms. Tran Thi Thu Hien, Teacher of class 3A, Yen Nghiep Primary School said: “The students were really excited to join in the activities. They constantly asked a lot of questions. I am so happy to see the children show their interests and love for nature. I can see it in the way they saw wild animals for the first time and the way they promised to protect wildlife.

A month ago, on November 22, 2018 in Cuc Phuong NP, SVW successfully organized a conference to introduce “Protect The Wildlife We Love” program for more than 50 delegates, who are representatives of the Department of Education and Training of two districts; School Boards, Teachers and Parents from three primary schools in the area. After completing 30 trips, another conference will be held to summarize and evaluate PWWL program. We hope this program will become an annual extra-curricular activity of Elementary schools.

From 2018-2019 school year, SVW runs two conservation education programs alongside including: “Valuing Nature in Childhood” Program takes place during weekdays, and “Protect The Wildlife We Love” Program takes place at the weekends until the end of the school year (May 2019). SVW welcome media channels, journalists to visit and document the program to help spread the words about these meaningful programs.

The project was funded by Welttierschutzgesellschaft e.V. (Germany), under the collaboration with Cuc Phuong National Park and Hoa Binh Department of Education and Training.

A new bus!

A new bus for our Wildlife Education Program for schoolchildren

New generation who care and take actions to save Vietnam’s wildlife is one of important goal of Save Vietnam’s Wildlife. It is great time to see the kids really enjoy their first experience to discover the forest, natural, wildlife and fall in love with them.

This school year, 1406 school kids from 17 schools have already had opportunity to join our Wildlife Education Program for Schools. We are so happy to have our long-term partner WTG and others who continue to support the program.

Today, it is the extra special to us when VinGroup donated a bus for our School Wildlife Education Program. It will bring opportunity to many other kids to have opportunity to go to forest, to discover the wildlife and to learn in our education centre.

Schools and families tied up to bring 3,200 kids to VNCP

Today, the “Valuing Nature in Childhood Program” (VNCP) run by Save Vietnam’s Wildlife has officially start the second season for school year 2017 – 2018. This year, with the expected number of kids reaching to 3,200 – 2,000 more comparing to last year – schools and parents decided to partially contribute to the program’s expense. This is an important milestone marking the commitment between schools and families in wildlife conservation and educations, bringing nature closer to kids.

The aim of VNCP is to offer children a better chance to explore nature and wildlife animals, shape a right attitude and awareness of environment protection and forest resources from young ages. With the similar agenda to last year, the kids will join a full day at Cuc Phuong Nation Park and SVW’s education center.

According to the last season report, the program design fits complexly with a five-year-old kid’s current stage of development. Children’s recognition rate of five specific wildlife species has improved significantly after joining the program, especially birurong, pangolin and leopard cat peak at 79%, 93% and 98% rate respectively. Moreover, the kids were also able to remember the striking feature of each species, and start to aware of the danger of illegal hunting and trading or using wildlife products.

 “The result from last school year project has reinforce the importance and urgency of wildlife education in connecting children and nature, animals right from the first years of their life. We always welcome any kind of support from schools and parents in Nho Quan district in this new season for VNCP. We also wish to expand the program to all Vietnamese children, giving them a golden experience of learning and exploring wildlife conservation.” shared Mr. Nguyen Van Thai, Director of SVW.

Before starting the new season, in august 2017, SVW also held a workshop summarizing the project with nearly 200 educators, teachers and parents from 28 kindergartens. 100% of the express the satisfaction with the project, wishing more similar actives for their children in the near future.

Mrs. Nguyen Thi Thanh Hai, Vice president of Dong Phong kindergarten, one of 14 schools joining VNCP in 2016 – 2017 school year, told us: “I find this is an amazing and manful preprogram for our students. The kids shared a chance not only to play but also to learn about nature in a unique way, and develop their own love with the trees, the animals. I hope for more program like this for students in all ages.”

Mrs. Nguyen Thi Hong, mother of a kid in Van Phuong kindergarten also shared her thought: “After the trip, my kid showed some unexpected positive changes: he is now more aware of lite creatures around him, repeatedly tell stories about pangolins and also remind us not to dump the trashes in nature or stop killing his animal friends.”

SVW is actively looking for sponsor as well as donations from schools, parents and organization in order to expand the size of VNCP, bring the program to kids all over the country.

With 116 trips for 3,200 kids to be run from now to the end of May, 2018, SVW welcome any media channels to document and spread the words about the project.

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