On 30th January, 2010 a training workshop organized for environmental educators in Tsavo ecosystem successfully concluded business after four days of an enriching training on bushmeat education, the first of its kind in East Africa. Seven educators were trained on the new methods in bushmeat education by a team of five facilitators from NMK, AFEW Giraffe center and ANAW. The environmental educators were drawn from KWS Tsavo West NP, Chyulu NP, KWS Taveta, Amara Conservation and Wildlife clubs.
To show how important this training was, two participants met their own cost of travel, food and accommodation. The workshop also benefited from contribution from a leading Bushmeat expert in the US who participated through Skype.
As part of the training, the educators and the facilitators conducted outreach in Kathekani secondary school and Nthunguni market that borders the Tsavo East National Park. The joint initiative left a huge impact in the school and the community.
Looking back at the enthusiasm and commitment demonstrated by the facilitators and educators, I am now convinced that this training heralds a new beginning in the way bushmeat education is conducted in the Tsavo ecosystem. Apart from gaining knowledge and learning new skills, it was notable that new partnerships were formed and pledges to work together particularly on education outreach was made. This was a great outcome of the workshop and I am looking forward to see this in action.
I am very grateful to KWS TWNP management for provision of the training facility and allowing all participants to entry into the park for free during the entire training duration. Thanks to Education Warden Ms Malenya for helping with logistics and organizing an excellent outreach in Kathekani and Nthunguni.
Iregi Mwenja is a USFWS MENTOR Fellowship alumnus and a leading bushmeat expert in East Africa. This capacity building project is funded by USFWS Wildlife Without Borders Africa program