WPE AND APE CAMPAIGN

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Composition WPE Education 2012
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WPE – Wild Planet Eco-project is a non profit Organization and registered as an association in Cameroon. WPE is an active nature conservation. This goes only together with the people. We teach environmental education in schools and in the villages. Solutions are compiled near to reality, together with the people on site. Our main mission is, to preserve Flora and Fauna, protect endangered wildlife species, and conserve wildlife habitat act against destruction of nature and the environment. Climate change and CO2 balance. We call our work as “The Great Ape Campaign”

WPE consist of a growing group of dedicated nature lovers. Ideas and knowledge networked with people in the fields of operation, the WPE Cameroon teacher and student network and pupils from different countries sets positive accents.


WPE – The organization which exerts itself actively for the preservation of the last natural living spaces and protection of endangered species. We believe that closer preventive measures are the best way to change things.
If man cannot respect nature, nature will end up by eliminating man!
Nature can do without man but man cannot do without nature!
Such are notions cultivated to children and the society as a whole in our campaigns.
One of our main objective is to build a network of nature loving people to a virtual network of ideas and knowledge with the people on the field, create a student and teachers network to enable the understanding of the environment to all age groups equal.

The degree of environmental awareness in our society is still very low and this is the reason behind the dirty image of our communities, WPE believes that through education and sensitization this problem can be solve, through this we have set up collaboration ties with some local councils to mobilize initiatives and efforts in the changing of our society to be a place worth living.
Wild Planet Eco-project (WPE) is a young organisation with the principal aim of protecting nature durably through its long term environmental campaign projects. It is basically made up of determined and benevolent youths who have the love for nature and know the importance of campaigning to save the remaining natural space. All the WPE projects are long term projects with the hope of making deep impact on each aspect and each problem touched. WPE has been existing as a registered organisation in Cameroon since 2008 and till date has already made great efforts in the changing and modification of attitudes and behaviours towards the protection of nature for a better world.


Education and sensitization are at the base of the protection of the environment, they are the most important aspects of our interractions with nature.We need to recognise that even in the western world the idea and the importance of protecting nature is only recent, it is thus important for us to cultivate in children and youths a sense of maximum alert in the schools in order to divert their attentions towards environmental awareness; that is to say that the priority objective of WPE is the sensitization and the Education of the children and youths who are the target group of our project.

The putting in place of a responsible Eco-tourism creator of employment and attractor of foreign revenues. It is important to underline that a good understanding of the importance of nature by the population must be encouraged and should remain progressive, this will contribute to the protection of the environment in which we all live. WPE has since 2010 been working in collaboration with Sauvegarde Faune Sauvage, a humanitarian organisation based in Wittenheim in the Alsace province of France. Together with it president Jean Paul Burget, we have already realised the green school project which has seen some 17 schools around Cameroon benefiting from trees offered by this NGO. This year the association through the visit of Jean Paul to Cameroon, have contributed to the opening of the WPE garden that will serve in other tree planting projects.

OUR PARTNER ORGANISATIONSS HOME AND ABROAD INCLUDES;
WILD LIFE ACTION GROUP (W.A.G) MALAWI,
BETTER WORLD CAMEROON (BWC) CAMEROON
SAUVEGARDE FAUNE SAUVAGE (SFS) FRANCE
LAST GREAT APE ORGANIZATION (LAGA) CAMEROON
MVOGT-BETSI BOTANICAL ZOO YAOUNDE-CAMEROON
NATURE FFRIENDS INTERNATIONAL (NFI) AUSTRIA
WWF-CAMEROON
SOKA GAKKAI INTERNATIONAL(SGI) CAMEROON

WPE and education

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Government school Batibo(NWP Cmr)During E.E classTransmitting these messages and awareness to the younger generation is wise a prevention which is preferable than cure.We mobilise children in the course of education to try to change thier vision of the environment and give them a new notion about the various elements of the environment. Education according to W.P.E is at the base of any change and modification of attitude towards something, this is why our combat on the environmental protection give the priority to education. Education thus remains our most outstanding means to get the message go round the population starting from the pupils, students and teachers in schools.
Volunteers of WPE do carry up ENvironmental Education with us and as such they visit quite a great number of kids all round the country and discover too wonderful cultural diversities and the different people of Cameroon.Here is an example of a WPE volunteer from Germany who shared together and learn more abbout the African wild life conservation methods.Yoi can do same as these volunteers and give to the children another notion on the environment and how to take care about.

W.P.E carry on environmental education in many schools around Cameroon and during classes W.P.E focuses in transmitting to the children the elementary lessons towards environmental awareness, portray as much as possible pictures and stories of animals which are probably facing extinction or produce songs which carry environmental messages. In colleges and high schools, W.P.E functions mostly with specialized established Environmental and nature clubs, this provide a forum for most students in the colleges to apprehend to research conducted by W.P.E

Here are the students of the Environmental club of Bethlehem Legrand college Febe in Yaounde together with the members of WPE on an educative visit to the Mvog-Betsi biological zoo of yaounde. This was during a one week student internship program organised by WPE on how to protect the environment and the wild life protection.This is part of our goals of changing and modifying the attitudes and behaviours of children and students to become environmental awared and protectors. The one week program took the students through educative forums, conferences, visits of primary schools to teach the younger ones on how to take care of their local immediate sorroundings and also visits to parks and the forest..Taking part in an explicative environmental lesson after a round tour of the zoo, here the students have the opportunity to learn from more specialised experts on animals protection and discover why animals are being kept in a zoo.

They will as well become partners who will help us transmit the message and carry forward the project. In schools and colleges where there exist no clubs, we educate as well and establish them. Through this process, W.P.E initiate more and more youths in environmental protection and the objective only remains: Attend more and more students and pupils as possible.
Also, education does not only limits us with students and pupils in schools, but also goes through sensitization of the local person who we think is more in need of understanding how the planet functions, in the Cameroonian context for example those who abuse wildlife most is often the uneducated class, they do these acts out of ignorant, simply because they don’t measure or they don’t have the capacity to measure the impact of their activities on the environment which some totally ignore it collapse such as hunters who often complaint of lack of animals in recent times as compare to the past ignoring completely that they have in the course of time extinct many of these animals. As well the sensitization of the local man remains also one of our priority in education.
Hence proper education and awareness is an important aspect in our interaction with nature, one must recall that even in the west, recognition of the value for preserving nature is fairly recent and also late because industrialization and urbanization even agriculture and mining have already dealt with what nature has provided. Today the greatest issue that concerns all nations in the planet is the protection of the ecosystem. Mankind has discovered the rapidity with which nature is being consumed through basic human activities in the light of industrialization, agriculture, mining, urbanization just to name a few, we live at the expense of nature and probably this nature is exhaustable, what will thus be the future of humanity on earth? Will these resources continue to be available for the coming 100, 200,300 years with the degree at which human population is increasing? These are possible questions that everyone conscious about the fragility of nature should always be asking himself.

W.P.E. AND CONSERVATION EDUCATION.
Think of a challenging conservation problem you have ever encountered, protecting a rare species, winning support for legislation, cleaning up a river or sustainably managing a river. Inevitably, people are part of the problem and public education and outreach will be part of the solution. Effective education and outreach are essential for promoting conservation policy, creating knowledgeable citizens, changing peoples’ behavior, garnering funds, and recruiting volunteers. The fate of our ecosystems and the plants, animals and people that depend on them lies with our ability to educate children and adults, in settings as diverse as schools, communities, farms, and forests. The Millennium Assessment Report (2005) revealed that 60% of the vital ecosystem services that support life on earth _such as fresh water, fisheries, air and water cycling, the regulation of natural hazards and regional climate; are being degraded or unsustainably used. Conservation education and outreach programs are a critical component in changing course toward a more sustainable future.

TEACHING AND LEARNING IN CONSERVATION EDUCATION.
Theories about learning and teaching form the basis for designing effective programs and marketing them to their audiences and administrators. W.P.E provides this forum to young teachers of environmental education, this give the choice of techniques from inquiry learning, experiential learning and cooperative learning. Guidelines are provided for addressing difference between adults and children, concepts such as learning cycles, learning styles, constructivism and multiple intelligences help educators organize programs to meet the needs of any audience. Critical thinking, creative thinking and systems thinking skills can be practiced and promoted through well- designed programs focused on conservation issues.

CHANGING BEHAVIOURS TOWARDS THE ENVIRONMENT.
The road to behavior change is paved with many theories. The disciplines of education, sociology, and psychology provide guidelines for strategies that can be used to influence peoples conservation-related behaviors. What do we mean by behavior? Although it is easy to talk about “behavior” as a single concept, it means different things to different people.
There are at least three different and common uses of this simple term. Educators often define any learning as a change in behavior; behavioral objectives are designed to enhance the measurement of this change. For them behavior could mean the ability to recite the stages of the water cycle. Performing this behavior would indicate having knowledge about the water cycle. The term behavior is broadly used in educational programs that measure cognitive learning in everything from art to technology. There is often no presumption that these behaviors will lead to something else. W.P.E being an N.G.O in conservation and basing in Africa where the need of behavior change is imperative to protect and conserves the planet’s richest biodiversity reserves is laying down these strategies in schools and communities to make sure it works and as we often say; the future of the planet will greatly be determined by the ability of these organs to educate and modify attitudes and behaviors

GREEN SCHOOL PROJECT

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Green School projectThis is a one month old jack plant planted by the wpeW.P.E under the “GREEN SHOOL PROJECT” which is a project envisaged since 2010 to help change the vision of schools around Cameroon. After haven visited many schools around Cameroon the W.P.E came up with the conclusion that many schools don’t have trees in their campus and there was born the idea of the Green school project.
This vision is planting of trees in school campus so as to help combat dryness but also trees which can serve beautify the school, the environment at large, but also help provide shed to pupils during outdoor periods.Here is WPE team(Emmanuella and Raul) in association with the Student nature club of the University of Yaounde 1 during a tree planting operation under the green school project.The project is also extended to the Universities.

This project has so far went on successfully and about some 20 partner schools with W.P.E have already benefited from the project. These tree planting sessions serve also as outdoor activities to pupils who as well are educated on the importance and the necessity of trees in the society. The Green school project is still in extension as not up to half of the W.P.E contacted schools have benefit the project.

In memory of a dear friend

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Wolfgang Heilmann

 

   Founder of WPE

        1956 – 2010

Link to the old website – click here

WPE – Wild Planet Ecoproject

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WPE – Wild Planet Ecoproject is a non profit Organisation in Switzerland and registrated as Organisation in Cameroon. WPE is active nature conservation. This goes only together with the people. We teach environmental education at schools and villages. Solutions are compiled near to reality, together with the people on site.

Our slogan is: Action while others still talk.

The nature can live without us but we cannot live without nature !

WPE – WILD PLANET ECOPROJECT ‘s Mission is, to preserve Flora and Fauna, protect endangered wild animals, conserve wildlife habitat and act against destruction of nature and the environment. Climate protection and CO2 balance. With WPE no separate subject its of course program.

WPE consist of a growing group of dedicated nature lovers. Ideas and knowledge, networked with people in the fields of operation, the WPE Cameroon teacher and student network and pupils from different countries sets positive accents. WPE – The organisation which exerts itself actively for the preservation of the last natural living spaces and protection of endangered species.

Flora and fauna on all continents, is in danger. The list of species threatened by extinction is long and growing daily. The Last Great Apes are in the Focus of our work. We fight for Peace between nature and human being.

We establish environmental education in schools and we support partnerships between schools in Cameroon and schools abroad. Partnerships are organized by WPE in colaboration with NGO´s abroad.

Our Goals:

  • Sensitise the local people on the need to protect and preserve nature and the environment.
  • To increase awareness for better treatment of animals and to assist in the containment of the bushmeat problem and the illegal trade in animals.
  • To develop in children, an interest in local biodiversity, landscapes and the wider environment, and an understanding of ecological, social and conservation principles.
  • Encourage the youth to pursue their interests in nature and conservation.
  • Enable the youth to be part of the solution to some of the environmental problems facing them locally, nationally and globally through investing in them as the future generation.
  • In the long term the programme intends to reach out to the wider community and therefore help in changing the attitudes within the community towards the conservation of Cameroon’s natural heritage.
  • To involve the teachers and members of the community in an environmental education process aimed at individual and social emancipation as well as the development of environmental education materials that are relevant to them.
  • To encourage teachers and the members of the community to address environmental issues and risks affecting them, animals and plants in their communities.
  • To encourage the government of Cameroon to pass laws that will strictly support the protection and preservation of nature and the environment for a healthier planet. The long-term goal is to help conserve the endangered flora and fauna and to limit all soughts of pollution.
  • To help avoid any environmental crime and to fight against it if necessary.

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