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We're keping the PACE!

The need for conservation education is always vital, and Impact Madagascar is rising to the challenge!  This past February, Impact Madagascar was happy to announce the launch of our own PACE program, geared towards environmental education and promoting sustainable community development.  The program is based on the Tusk Trust's Pan African Conservation Education Project, and is designed for use in Madagascar, as well as in other Francophone African countries.  

On February 18-20, 2016, we hosted a large group of students, teachers, and researchers interested in incorporating the ideas from the PACE/Tana Planete program into their own schools and projects!   

Our PACE team with their new materials, ready to launch their own environmental education projects.

Our PACE team with their new materials, ready to launch their own environmental education projects.

Great minds at work!

Great minds at work!

The idea behind PACE and its accompanying materials, is that simple solutions can be used to solve environmental problems at the community level. The PACE materials include a book (‘Africa, Our Home’), action sheets, and DVDs.  The resources cover seven important themes:-

  1. Living with Wildlife

  2. Water

  3. Soil

  4. Forests

  5. Energy

  6. Living by the Ocean

  7. Urban Living

A variety of subjects are covered, including (but not limited to) reducing fuel consumption, rainwater harvesting, making compost, sustainable agriculture, solar energy, and recycling.  This practical environmental education programme is suitable for use within a variety of social structures, and can be used in schools, with families or with individuals, and in urban or rural areas.  In the PACE toolkit, teachers, students, and researchers are presented with a variety of practical, simple projects and ideas they can incorporate and introduce to the communities in which they work and teach, improving local education, encouraging a focus on protecting the environment, and helping to preserve Madagascar's natural biodiversity. 

Some of these practical ideas in action!

Some of these practical ideas in action!

Later in the year, the Impact Madagascar team will conduct a survey and evaluation of the new PACE projects our workshop attendees have implemented in their own communities.  Awards will be given to the top participants!  We can't wait to see what creative education projects our students, researchers, and teachers will come up with, and what exciting things are in store for our communities, and for Madagascar at large.