International Literacy Day: How Members Are Participating In Education For The 21st Century

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world, freedom icon Nelson Mandela famously said. Through the community 4C, our members are committed to education to stamp out poverty and drive sustainable development in their local communities. They support school infrastructure and curriculum, train and enhance educational opportunities.

 

Guludo Beach Lodge, Mozambique was founded with a mission to help end poverty and change a local community. Through its Nema foundation, among other poverty eradication initiatives, it has built 4 primary schools and is an example of our members’ impressive commitment to education.

 

Similarly, Lapa Rios built the Carbonera School in 1991, and expanded its support to more schools in its area. Pacuare has upgraded local schools and purchased stationery and other requirements. The Kicheche Community Trust has built and maintained several school classrooms, and donated school equipment. Amazon Yarapa River helped villages to expand their schools, while  Vamizi built a school on the island and part of  its profits were used to build the first rural secondary school outside of Puerto Maldonado. Eleven schools have been built with funds raised through Nkwichi Lodge. Soneva Fushi, in conjunction with Soneva Gili, built a new pre-school to enhance local education.

To help in enrolment and retention rates, members support school feeding programmes, scholarship schemes, teacher employment and curriculum development. Borana supports 5 local primary schools and are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, which allows travellers to bring specific school items to a travel destination. It employs 8 teachers at 6 local primary schools. The school feeding programmes supported by Sasaab, Cottar’s 1920s Camp, Guludo and Vamizi Island have increased school retention rates, with a 70% increase in girls’ enrolment at Cottar’s. Bursaries have been granted from our members Segera, Borana, Sasaab, Cottars and Kicheche.

 

Nikoi Foundation rolled out its bilingual curriculum, reaching 310 children and allowing pupils to study all the way to the Cambridge Level 1 English exams. Soneva Kiri has worked with the Teacher Plus Foundation (TPF) and the Koh Kood Sub-district Administration Organization to enhance the levels of proficiency in the English language for teachers.

 

Understanding the natural environment is fundamental for sustainability. Our members encourage children and community members to reflect on nature and species protection through education camps, talks, storytelling, open days and live radio debates reaching thousands of community members and children.

Scientists from nearby universities engage local children in an exchange of knowledge at Amazon Yarapa River. Wilderness Safaris’ Children in the Wilderness programme focuses on the next generation of rural decision makers. The Chumbe Challenge Environmental Competition engages local students in a competition to improve their local environment. Soneva Fushi’s Learn to Swim programme imparts life skills and environmental stewardship. Caiman Ecological Refuge has a nature programme for children. Sasaab and Kicheche offer safari opportunities to children from neighbouring communities. Spannocchia has collaborated with local schools to host children for educational farm visits. The Wanås Foundation educational programme caters to approximately 6000 children every year and has expanded to cover children with special needs. Children go to Sinal Do Vale to learn, be inspired, and re-connect with the traditional knowledge through the Sinal for Kids programme.

 

Through its Desert Academy, Wolwedans is providing vocational studies in tourism. Sinal Do vale and Ecocamp are part of an emerging global community of ecology scholars and practitioners. Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve offers a variety of entrepreneurship courses. Cottars trains youth in the community as tour guides and provides employment, while the Grootbos Foundation programmes focus on conservation, sport for development and enterprise development.

 

In addition to our members, many of The Long Run supporters invest in education for sustainable development.

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