Nature for Kids has developed an Environmental Education through Entertainment (EDUTAINMENT) concept, entitled SUPERHERO, for children in schools in rural places in Africa and beyond. Entertainment in the form of interactive Film, Radio and other outreach materials is the backbone of our programs.
Our program show school children that the cycle of poverty and environmental degradation can be broken through sustainable management of their natural resources that they fully depend on.
These innovative school programs are not just documentaries â€“ they are exciting and captivating short screenplays featuring local schoolchildren (7-12 years) and members within their communities. All NON actors. The programs are interactive and fun, and therefore very appealing to the children.
Conservation partners and local policy makers and community members supply NfK with research input on the conservation messages. Local languages, such as Kiswahili or Rutooro, are used in the films and supporting materials, which also help the children to understand and relate to the characters and environmental messages. However, NfK also works with voiceover in its films, so each programme can easily be dubbed into any language in the future. One film can therefore be used to reach children in many different countries.
The films are brought to schools in rural areas with the help of local conservation partners with a mobile cinema and a team of local teachers. The film packages (film and additional materials such as booklets, questionnaires, baseline surveys, posters, water tests, etc.) are also used by local education centres, refugee camps, NGOs, and wildlife and environmental clubs.
This is often the first time many of the children have ever seen a film, so the impact of these programs is tremendous. After viewing the films, the teachers start lively group discussions, including environmental songs, to involve the children. The teachers are also provided with surveys, booklets, posters, water-testing kits and other materials & instruction sheets. These enable the teachers to do interactive follow-up activities with the children, such as organizing clean-up campaigns, planting trees, setting up keyhole gardens, debates and making recycled art.
Through all these activities, the pupils learn about the benefits and essential ecological roles of different ecosystems and the interactions and relationships between various ecosystems, as well as the threats to their existence. Most importantly, the pupils learn how their actions can have a positive impact on the world around them in protecting vital natural resources that they are heavily dependent upon. They can become real superheroes.
In partnership with local organisations we design tailermade innovative outreach programs which complement the outcome of all our materials.
Also so far, EIGHT (24minute) films have been produced by Nature for Kids in Tanzania, Botswana & Uganda.
Each one tells an engaging story of a local child who learns about an environmental problem in his/hercommunity and then takes the lead in finding a solution that benefits both the natural world and the village community.