It is estimated that by 2030 the world population, currently 7 billion people strong, will require twice as many resources than our precious planet can supply. This places an enormous strain on the environment and the wildlife within it. To ensure ecological sustainability, a level of understanding and creative problem solving is required. As our children grow up in a world of tablets and computers, they often lead plugged-in indoor lives. Their interaction with the outside world and nature is on the decline and they lose the vital connection and knowledge of something that has shaped so much of who we are today and will be in the future.
If we do not teach our young children about the beauty and fragility of our environment and the wildlife within it, how can we expect them to respect it and pass this message on? We must prepare our children to be good environmental citizens to ensure that the generations that follow get to enjoy the beauty and productivity of the natural world.
Too often than not learning is focused within the walls of the classroom, however there is a lot of things to be learnt that transcend the walls of the classroom.
To embrace the environmental education of our children, Love Wildlife Foundation helps to educate and connect different school groups to deal with environmental issues and spread the reach of environmental campaigns and activities. By creating a network of schools discussing environmental issues, we can stress the importance of wildlife and our ecosystem to the future generations. Alongside the network we run school talks that provide conversations about various wildlife issues.
Environmental Education and Networks amongst our school children provide fundamental opportunities for students to engage with real world issues. It allows them to see the relevance of what they study within the classroom and to integrate it with the environmental and wildlife issues that our planet currently faces. By transcending the classroom walls, our program allows children to become creative problem solvers and influential advocates for the future of our environment and wildlife within Thailand and beyond.
The YEN network also helps organize charity events, such as concerts, to raise further funds for the organization.
The short-term impacts of the YEN network are engaged in encouraging conversation amongst school children on how they can change the way they interact with the environment and wildlife, to conserve and preserve it. It allows the students to engage the connections between their school subjects and wider issues of the planet, getting them to see the practical engagements that can be made. This has positive impact on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects, as well as increasing the focus of students. The network helps to inspire different conversations and debates on the environment and the wildlife living beside them on this planet. In turn, we hope that it will encourage them to spread the message and for them to act in the conservation of wildlife.
In the long-term we hope that the environmental education and networks will emphasize the skills vital to making tomorrow’s world sustainable. The networks allow school children to question, investigate, define problems, analyze, interpret and solve problems surrounding the environmental issues of the world in a collaborative manner. The cooperative learning with other children, critical thinking, discussion and an emphasis on action strategies for real life issues cultivate leadership skills. The leaders of tomorrow are these children; so, let’s feed them the knowledge we have on the environment and wildlife, with the vision that one day they will be leading the global conservation on a path of sustainability. Through this program we are preparing the workforce of the 21st century to deal with the ever-growing complex environmental issues that affect us and the wildlife on our planet.
Currently, the schools involved are NIST International School, Bangkok Patana School, International School Bangkok, Shrewsbury International School, The Regent’s School Pattaya, The Regent’s School Bangkok, Wells International School, Thai-Chinese International School, Harrow International School, and Ruamrudee International School. And in the near future, we are pushing for more participation of Thai schools.
|No.||Full Name||Position||Contact Email||Contact Phone|
|1||Nancy Lynne Gibson||Campaign Maneger||N/A||N/A|
|2||Napas (Nap) Somsawad||Education, Outreach & Awareness||N/A||N/A|
|3||Heidi McLeish||YEN, Education & Outreach||N/A||N/A|
|4||Ewen McLeish||YEN, Education & Outreach||N/A||N/A|
Since early 2000, Nancy has engaged in various works with the animal care sector as a Vetirinary Technician in the US, Wildlife Educator with the Wildlife Learning Center (California), and Volunteer Educator at Thailand's Zoological Parks Organization. Besides the day to day activities of Love Wildlife Foundation, Nancy presently serves as the International Group Director at ACRES Lao P.D.R.
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We believe that education plays an important role in achieving our goals. We have various education programs covering both wildlife and marine conservation, which empower people to play an important role in society to protect our environment and nature.