UNITE for the Environment

UNITE for the Environment

PO Box 733, Fort Portal, Uganda, Uganda

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UNITE for the Environment! Connecting Classrooms through Conservation Education.

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Mission UNITE’s mission is to conserve wild areas in and around Kibale National Park by inspiring the next generation of Ugandan conservationists and fostering an appreciation of nature and wildlife in rural communities.
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UNITE has been operating in Uganda since 2002. Based just outside Kibale National Park, UNITE has evolved over the years from a teacher exchange program to a conservation education training program. With four full-time employees working on the ground in Uganda, UNITE’s approach maximizes the impact of conservation education efforts by focusing on teachers, teaching methods and content. UNITE trains teachers in 11 local schools while leveraging partnerships with local community-based organizations and local government. Over 120 teachers participate in the UNITE program, reaching as many as 5,000 students on a daily basis. UNITE conservation education training for teachers focuses on integrating conservation and environmental issues into the existing national curriculum, environmental activities which enhance engagement with the natural world, and an inquiry-based approach to teaching that encourages student interest. By focusing on teachers instead of students, UNITE both builds capacity and increases the number of students reached. In addition to teachers, UNITE also works with students by providing conservation competitions, environmental film showings and field trips to natural areas. Each year, over 1,000 students visit Bigodi Wetland, Tooro Botanical Gardens and Kibale National Park.

Awards 2012 Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Africa Seeds grant recipient
2014 Association of Zoos and Aquariums ApeTAG Initiative grant recipient
2014 Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund grant recipient
Founded In 2002 by the North Carolina Zoo
Products To donate to UNITE visit us at:
http://store.nczoo.com/p-235-donate-now-unite-for-the-environment.aspx
All donations are tax deductible.
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