Access to environmental information, education, and training is the gateway to developing real community empowerment. TPW’s environmental education programs provide local people with the skills and resources necessary to understand and take control of their environment’s future. Recognizing the importance of both the current and the next generation of environmental leaders, TPW provides educational and training opportunities for both children and adults in Northern Tanzania.
Youth environmental education
Job training and opportunities for learning beyond primary school (Grade 5) are rare for rural youth in Northern Tanzania. Through TPW’s youth environmental education program—the largest of its kind on the Maasai Steppe—schoolchildren are provided with valuable opportunities that are not found through traditional education. By engaging in immersive learning experiences such as after-school Wildlife Clubs, Environmental Summer Camps, and national park trips, young people are learning about local wildlife conservation and community stewardship. Additionally, they are gaining essential life skills such as teamwork, leadership, and peer teaching. The highest-achieving students receive full scholarships to a private secondary school, an opportunity that most local youth cannot afford.
Adult environmental management seminars
Developed by TPW and co-taught by trainers from the community, a series of five environmental management seminars equip community leaders, women’s groups, and other ambitious rural citizens with the skills to lead environmental conservation projects. As a result of these seminars, community members are learning how to sustain their most valuable natural resources. In addition, they are discontinuing activities that are destructive to the environment, such as wildlife poaching and charcoal production. As of 2016, TPW has trained 1,000 adults in environmental management and works with 10 community trainers.