ERuDeF’s Teachers' Institute for Conservation Education (TICE)
What is it all about?
The Teachers’ Institute for Conservation Education is a 10 day capacity building and practical based summer institute sponsored and conducted by the Environment and Rural Development Foundation- ERUDEF. This Institute is based in Menji, within the Lebialem Mone Forest Landscape and gives participants the ideal environment for study of apes .
The goal of the Institute is to provide primary, secondary and high school teachers the necessary scientific background, inspiration and specialized tools and techniques in a working science environment. This is aimed at enabling them create stimulating conservation curricula to take back to their classrooms for their students. Through the Teachers’ Institute for Conservation Education, teachers gain skills in training future generations about the threats to endangered species and the importance of conservation.
As part of this commitment to educate young generations, ERuDeF offers the annual Teachers' Institute for Conservation Education to all persons interested in the conservation of threatened wildlife species which include; the critically endangered Cross River gorilla, endangered African chimpanzee, Red data and medicinal plants, Rare birds and a host of other important wildlife species and their ecosystems.
Participants will work with leading national scientists and conservationists who share their expertise and provide hands-on activities designed to excite and motivate young science students. Using the proposed system of protected areas in the Lebialem-Mone Forest Landscape, and the native habitat as the laboratory, participants will also practice living day-to-day science through basic educational training programs where they learn proper conservation techniques under the guidance of professionals.
In light of the crisis in loss of global ecosystems, understanding healthy habitats where every living creature finds sustenance, shelter and the opportunity to reproduce is a critical concept to communicate to the young who will inherit the responsibility for Earth’s resources. ERuDeF’s Teachers’ Institute for Conservation Education addresses these issues by offering the Lebialem-Mone Forest Landscape as a living classroom. Though the program is not specifically about primates (chimpanzees, Red-tailed monkey, putty nose monkeys, Muna monkeys, preuss guenons and drills), however it includes a wide variety of biodiversity species like plants. The Institute will assist teachers in developing students' interest in the scientific process, fieldwork and conservation oriented careers .
ERuDeF Teachers’ Institute for Conservation Education studies is located at the ERuDeF Regional Office in Menji-Lebialem Division. Out-of-town resource persons and participants will be housed in Centre and nearby hotels .
Summer - 2nd to 3rd week of July every year. The daily schedule Monday-Friday, is 9:00AM-4:00PM including a lunch break provided on site.
Thirty participants both nationals and internationals will be selected to participate. The Institute is conducted by professionals experienced in teaching educators and aspiring conservationists creative methods of communicating science to students. There will be six full time instructors; Conservation Education Instructors (Efuet Atem and Tamambang Didacus), wildlife ecologist and conservation biologist ( Alungamoh Edwin), native plant expert (Neba Kingsly and Mefor Halle), field training instructor (Muh Bernice), Sociologist (Asong Gladys) and guest professors presenting additional material and activities
Deadline to apply is April 30th each year. There is no fee to apply. Selected candidates will be notified by the 30th of May. All participants accepted to the program pay a non-refundable registration fee of 75000FCFA, however this may not be same for international (please contact the program Coordinator; firstname.lastname@example.org). This cost covers all training materials, food, and housing.
Though ERuDeF’s Teachers’ Institute for Conservation Education’s primary target is teachers, it is also open to others interested organisations, individuals or students who want to take up studies and careers in the field of conservation. Interested candidates should please fill the application form: Application Form (word) and forward to the address below
Beside Council Hall Menji,
P.O. Box 102, Menji
Lebialem Division, South West Region
P.O. Box 189, Buea, South West Region
Tel: (+237) 99 12 29 04 / 75 43 32 07 / 77 73 79 64