Conservation Education Builds Awareness

The Fossey Fund partners with people in Africa who share the gorillas’ ecosystem to provide conservation education.

When people who live near gorillas learn the value of gorillas and their habitat, they join in protecting, rather than threatening, the gorillas. Although we also provide programs within schools, the Fossey Fund’s education programs reach beyond students to all members of the communities where we work, promoting behaviors that reduce the threat of disease transmission, encouraging people to cooperate with anti-poaching efforts, and motivating people to accept alternatives to resources found in the forest. Both in Rwanda and Congo, the gorillas’ human neighbors are becoming important ambassadors for gorilla conservation. 

The Fossey Fund’s environmental education activities are diverse and designed to reach students of different age groups, helping to build awareness, assist local educational institutions, and provide further training for those already working in conservation.  Every year, we work with local communities and primary and secondary schools near Volcanoes National Park, as well as with biology students from the University of Rwanda (UR). - See more at: https://gorillafund.org/news--events/news_150324_educationprogramshelpgorillasandpeople#sthash.H7rZd5om.dpuf

The Fossey Fund's environmental education activities are diverse and designed to reach students of differen age groups, helping to build awareness, assist local educational institutions, and provide further training for those already working in conservation. Every year, we work with local communities, and primary and secondary schools near Volcanoes National Park, as well as with students from the University of Rwanda.

The Fossey Fund’s environmental education activities are diverse and designed to reach students of different age groups, helping to build awareness, assist local educational institutions, and provide further training for those already working in conservation.  Every year, we work with local communities and primary and secondary schools near Volcanoes National Park, as well as with biology students from the University of Rwanda (UR). - See more at: https://gorillafund.org/news--events/news_150324_educationprogramshelpgorillasandpeople#sthash.H7rZd5om.dpuf
The Fossey Fund’s environmental education activities are diverse and designed to reach students of different age groups, helping to build awareness, assist local educational institutions, and provide further training for those already working in conservation.  Every year, we work with local communities and primary and secondary schools near Volcanoes National Park, as well as with biology students from the University of Rwanda (UR). - See more at: https://gorillafund.org/news--events/news_150324_educationprogramshelpgorillasandpeople#sthash.H7rZd5om.dpuf

Local students visit the forest with Karisoke™ staff

The Bisate School, located near the park, also serves as a communications hub for Karisoke™, which supports the school in many ways. Whenever Karisoke sponsors a public event at the school, such as distribution of donated books and supplies, staff take the opportunity to explain the importance of the gorillas and their habitat to the community.

 In July 2010, we celebrated the opening of a brand new six-classroom block, built with support from the East African Children's Education Fund (EAECF). In attendance were the Ministry of Education's director general in charge of science and technology; the mayor of Masanze District (where the school is located); the chief warden of Volcanoes National Park; hundreds of parents; and all the children enrolled at the school.

At the end of 2014, the Fossey Fund, along with funding from Partners in Conservation (PIC) from the Columbus Zoo, completed the building of a library based at the Bisate Primary School. The library was named the Bisate Learning Center. In January 2015, 36 computers were installed in the learning center, and for the first time in their lives, young students at the school will have access to computers and books at their own school. The Bisate Learning Center will also be available to the entire community. Starting in March 2015, the Fossey Fund will offer IT classes and seminars at the learning center.  - See more at: https://gorillafund.org/news--events/news_150324_educationprogramshelpgorillasandpeople#sthash.H7rZd5om.dpuf

In 2014-15, the Fossey Fund, along with funding from Partners in Conservation at the Columbuz Zoo, completed the building of a Learning Center at the Bisate Primary School, including computers and books for use by the students and the community. The Fossey Fund organizes IT classes and seminars at this center as well.

Joseph Karama teaching in the field

The Fossey Fund also works with University of Rwanda students at various levels. This includes internships in field research, classes and workshops at Karisoke, and assistance with senior thesis projects in zoology, botany and other subjects related to conservation and the gorillas.

Health education

As part of our Ecosystem Health program, we provide health and hygiene education programs to local communities in collaboration with local authorities, along with testing and treatment programs for intestinal parasite infection. Other health education activities include clean water programs since clean water access in the communities removes the need to enter gorilla habitat in search of water.

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The cold, wet climate and dense rainforest wears out the clothes and equipment of our patrols quickly.
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