Science and nature can really come alive when children learn outside, immersed in nature, rather than in the classroom. These workshops focus on developing educators’ ability to teach in an informal situation. The aim is to help them develop critical thinking and solution skills in their students.

Cycle of Enquiry Workshops

In order to engage children with their environment, we encourage them to adopt a basic scientific approach to their problems by asking questions about their environment, so that they can better understand their natural resources and begin to come up with their own solutions to existing challenges. This method is known as the Cycle of Enquiry, we have hosted a Cycle of Enquiry workshop and a “Train-the-Trainer” course, so that the adult members of the communities and those working in environmental education could become familiar with the technique and employ it in their villages and work and train others. While Elephants for Africa will be an active partner, this program will hopefully be adopted completely by the local communities and organisations, with international organisations providing materials rather than foreign trainers. We have established an advisory board, consisting primarily of community members, officials from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, university faculty members and local stakeholders, so that Botswana citizens have a stronger sense of ownership of the program and contribute to its development and our growing education programme.

We conducted our first workshop in May 2012. This was funded by the AZA Conservation Endowment Fund and the Chicago Zoological Society Chicago Board of Trade Endangered Species Fund . For this initiative we work closely with the Chicago Zoological Society’s Centre for Conservation Leadership.

In July 2014 we hosted a ‘Train the Trainers’ workshop on the use of the Cycle of Enquiry and how to train others. This was funded by Care for the Wild.

In April 2015 we facilitated a Cycle of Enquiry workshop in the village of Moreomaoto organized and run by one of the attendees of the Train the Trainers course.

“In the end we only conserve what we love. We only love what we understand. We understand only what we are taught.” Anonymous.