To make environmental awareness and development education available to all peoples of East Africa by “ empowering your minds in conservation ”.
Countries of operation: Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania
The Centre has three operational departments namely; Education, Environment and Administration & Operations.
The following programmes are offered at the Centre, courtesy of the Elsa Conservation Trust:
1. On-site and in-house teacher training on environmental and curriculum integration
The Centre has interesting, tailor made, environmental courses with innovative techniques designed for teachers focusing on conservation and helping them integrate this into the school curriculum, both within and outside the classroom. We normally conduct four teacher training workshops; two at the Centre and two within the target regions in East Africa countries i.e.Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Trained teachers are later monitored in their schools to gauge their environmental contribution to the school and community at large.
2. Field based ecological studies for schools (day and overnight visits)
We cover public and private schools, both local and international, offering them a unique opportunity to learn about conservation throughout the year. The visits can be on a day basis or involve an overnight stay. During visits schools take part in;
a) Boat rides
b) Documentary shows
c) Guided nature walks and photography (Elsamere is rich with biodiversity of both plants and animals)
d) Conservation demonstrations and scientific practicals
e) Visit to the Adamson Museum
Lessons / lectures on particular aspects of conservation can also be arranged with the Centre; alternatively we may be able to visit schools and help develop their own studies on subjects such as geography, biology, chemistry, agriculture, social sciences and others.
3. Outreach visits to local and distance schools for education and establish Eco-school projects.
The Centre teaching staff arrange visits to schools and other institutions to introduce environmental concepts and projects through lectures, presentation and documentary shows; we can also help students develop their own studies on subjects such as geography,biology, chemistry, agriculture, social sciences and others. The progress of the schools on environmental conservation is regularly monitored by the Centre in collaboration with the District Education Officers and other concerned organizations within the selected regions. The Centre may also help establish new eco-school projects within East Africa Schools.
4. Community educator and administrative training on environment and policy development
Besides its work in schools, the Centre also contributes towards the community by inviting or visiting a different community groups interested in conservation. These groups are offered day visits with lectures, field work and demonstrations on the importance of conserving the environment and given guidance on how they can become involved.
Administrative training can be provided for environmental organisations and take the form of workshops or conferences. Organizations may request their own themes or approach the centre to conduct the workshop on their behalf.
The Centre offers a conducive environment and facilities for environmental research. Several researchers have successfully worked on different aspects of Lake Naivasha including:
a) Environment and socio-economic issues of Lake Naivasha
b) Ecosystem health surveys of Lake Naivasha
c) Wildlife and habitat (the Centre and its environs provide a variety of ecosystems for study including grassland, woodland, shrub land and aquatic ecosystems
d) Water quality
e) Fisheries and invasive species diversity
f) Ornithology (350 species of birds, 80 of which are waterfowl)
g) Agriculture and livelihood studies (the centre is surrounded by large scale horticultural farms)
6. Conservation partners
The Centre collaborates with other partners in conservation in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania in order to achieve its mission. They include:
- Kenya Wildlife Society (Hells Gate National Park)
- Lake Naivasha Riparian Association
- Wildlife Clubs of Kenya, Wildlife Clubs of Uganda and Malihai Clubs of Tanzania Cresecent Island
- National Museums of Kenya and its different arms
- Nature Kenya and Nature Uganda
- World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania
- Healthy Learning - International Climate Challenge (ICC) funded by Barclays bank UK
- Partners of Progress (PoP)
- Ministry of Education
– we are on very good working terms with the DEO Nakuru, DEO Naivasha and also Deputy DEO Naivasha