Climate change, conservation and the critical exploitation of our natural resources are an ever worrying reality with great implications, not only for this generation but with an even more daunting outlook for future generations. With the aim of assisting the youth to lead the change in human behaviour and pushing nature conservation into the forefront of the younger generation’s education, Edu-conservation was born.
Initiated by Sabine Plattner, founder of the Sabine Plattner African Charities (SPAC) and member of the board of Leadership for Conservation in Africa (LCA), the Edu-Conservation project aims to “forge a responsible generation, capable of facing the challenges of the future in complete awareness of the urge to conserve nature.”
Edu-Conservation focusses on informing and training the youth in protecting the environment, making nature conservation an important part of their school education and setting the scene for a more responsible, informed generation when it comes to protecting our planet.
The pilot project was launched in 2015 and focuses on using “all educational resources,
including digital platforms, games and social media to educate the youth to better influence the actions of society, businesses and government to benefit the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems.”
Last year the UN launched the Youth Global Programme for Sustainable Development and Peace, also putting more focus on the youth and the future of our planet. This year (2017) was set aside as the year to globalize the Edu-Conservation project and connect youth the world over on digital platforms.
To learn more about this important project and to get involved, visit the Edu-Conservation website at http://educonservation.org/en/.

In 2020, EduConservation’s intrepid explorer Ouanda travelled across the Republic of Congo to learn about various animals. You can follow her journey and learn with her by downloading these fun worksheets.

Episode One: Ouanda Discovers Leatherback Turtles

Ouanda is travelling in the national park of Conkouati-Douli, in the south-west of Congo, a few hours from the city of Pointe-Noire.

Episode Two: Ouanda Discovers Grey Parrots

Ouanda continues her trip in the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the north of the Republic of Congo to find grey parrots.

Episode Three: Ouanda Discovers hippos

Ouanda continues her trip in the new Ntokou-Pikounda National Park in northern Congo to find hippos.

Episode Four: Ouanda Discovers Leopards

Ouanda continues her trip in the Odzala-Koukoua National Park in the north-west of the Republic of Congo to find a leopard.

Episode Five: Ouanda Discovers Pangolins

Ouanda continues her trip in the Logoué-Leketi National Park in the south-west of the Republic of Congo to discover the white-bellied pangolin.

Episode Six: Ouanda Discovers Gorillas

Ouanda is in the Odzala-Kokoua National Park, to find out more about the Western Lowland Gorilla.