North Luangwa Conservation Education Programme "Lolesha Luangwa"
North Luangwa Conservation Programme’s (NLCP) Conservation Education Programme (known as “Lolesha Luangwa”) reaches 22 schools in three zones around the North Luangwa National Park in Zambia.
A Conservation Teacher (CT) at each school delivers 20 lessons of a curriculum covering a variety of life science, conservation and sustainability topics. An additional five presentations are delivered by the NLCP’s Lolesha Luangwa Officer (LLO), which focus on the black rhino reintroduction project in North Luangwa National Park (NLNP) as a case study of conservation action.
ZSL became involved with Lolesha Luangwa in July 2012, having been asked to give their advice and educational experience to develop the programme. ZSL Education Officers reviewed the programme and made several key contributions:
•Designed a new curriculum and materials for LL
•Developed and delivered professional development training for NLCP staff
•Developed and delivered workshops to CTs, facilitating their classwork using the new curriculum
•Built a monitoring and evaluation framework for the programme.
The new curriculum has been extremely well received by NLCP and local schools, and the CT workshops were a great success, with 90% of attendees saying it would influence their future practice.
The new Lolesha Luangwa materials have been shared widely and are now used by other conservation education programmes around Zambia, significantly increasing the project’s impact.