21 schools in the neighbouring areas are now direct beneficiaries of our education programme. In 2004, Lewa was only supporting four schools. A decade later, this has increased to 21, with the prospects of extending into the greater conservation area beyond our borders.
In total, the 21 institutions hold about 7,000 students at all levels of education. Lewa offers support through infrastructure and curriculum development, student empowerment programmes, teachers’ training and provision of school supplies.
“7,000 children now have the opportunity for a better life thanks to our education programme. Before we extended our support, many of these schools suffered from inadequate, poorly equipped infrastructure, under staffing and lack of teaching and learning resources. We are have worked and still are working to change that.” Faith Riunga, Education Programme Manager.
Conservation has proved to be a true catalyst for development and change in the communities neighbouring Lewa. The education programme remains one of the most impactful way that Lewa demonstrates conservation has the power to transform the fate of communities, their children and generations.
Sports and Games
Girls football tournament
The Lewa Education Programme constantly strives to come up with new ideas to engage the children from the neighbouring Lewa-sponsored schools. For the past three years, Lewa has partnered with Ecosys Action for the annual girls' football tournament, an engaging and fun activity that has girls actively participate in traditionally male dominated sport.
Aptly dubbed, “Conservation Football” - the event’s appeal comes from it having the attractive combination of competition and fun, crowned by the uniqueness of it being a girls’ only football competition. Teachers, fellow pupils and Lewa staff members form part of the engaging audience that watch the girls battle it out.
For the past four years, Lewa with its partner, Team Talk, have promoted tag rugby in the sponsored schools. Tag rugby is a non-contact game in which each player wears a belt that has two tags attached to it, or shorts with patches. Attacking players attempt to dodge, evade and pass a rugby ball while defenders attempt to prevent them scoring by "tagging" – pulling the tag from the ball carrier, rather than a full contact tackle.
The sport provides an innovative way to introduce children to rugby and cultivate love for the sport.
Lewa works to help children from financially challenged backgrounds realise their potential by offering educational scholarships. These scholarships are at different levels of education - primary, secondary and tertiary - and cover the costs of tuition, boarding, learning materials, uniform, travel and basic necessities.
The children come from the neighbouring communities that Lewa partners with.
Lewa employs a holistic approach to the programme by engaging with the teachers, students, parents and guardians to ensure the full development of the sponsored children. Many of the beneficiaries are excelling in their various levels of education and are a great source of pride to the Conservancy.
We have libraries in Munanda, Kanyunga, Lewa, Subuiga, Ntugi Secondary and are working to have more in the other Lewa-sponsored schools.
The Conservancy is working with its partners to integrate a reading culture in the schools from an early age and access to a library is a crucial to this development.
Lewa School recently had a rich and modern library established thanks to the Rita and Charles Field-Marsham Foundation. The foundation believes:
"The libraries are transformational centres for students and their communities in terms of providing a hub of social and global exposure. These opportunities will open doors for them to higher education so they can face the future with a sense of optimism, independence and national pride."
This library is not only a resource for the school, but for the entire community, with parents, teachers and community members visiting to learn more.
It is never too late to learn how to read and write.
Our Adult Literacy Programme is promoting literacy among adults who never had an opportunity to go to school. The programme aims to help improve their living standards by extending knowledge and other skills necessary for survival in the modern world.
The programme currently has six centres with 276 learners of all ages from diverse cultural backgrounds.
We not only teach the learners how to read and write - we also extend knowledge in basic finance, home economics, healthcare, social/political issues as well as conservation of endangered species. All these are skills that will enhance their living standards, promote financial literacy and encourage education in the communities. The benefits of conservation are tangible to the community through the above availed services and resources thus appreciating the conservation efforts with the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.
Lewa's Digital Literacy effort is led by a team of young individuals dedicated to extend the knowledge and benefits of digital technology to our neighbouring communities.
Through this programme, technology is used to support school curriculum, enhance learning and creativity to students in the Lewa-sponsored schools and beyond. Most importantly, it offers a creative platform to inform students and their teachers on conservation, development and how technology can support the two for society's advancement.
Digital literacy has 12 sites in the region neighbouring the Conservancy, with nine of them being primary schools, two secondary school and an Education Centre based on Lewa.
Watch how Lewa's Education Programme is helping change a community's mentality, and why it remains one of the most important ways in which Lewa impacts positive change to its neighbouring communities.