Since 2013, DGFC has been involved in education and conservation awareness activities, either as a participant or an organiser. DGFC’s Education and Conservation Awareness Programme is led by the Education Officer, Clarice Kelly Samih and its main objectives are:
- To promote public awareness and understanding of the benefits of conservation, especially the importance of Sabah’s wildlife and its habitat.
- To implement conservation awareness programmes that have been (co-) funded by partner institutions.
In addition, since 2014 DGFC has been a member of the Sabah Environmental Education Network (SEEN) as a step towards further developing conservation-related activities in the State of Sabah. SEEN members run their programmes on their own but there is an annual meeting to report all of the activities and to discuss how to improve our environmental education programme.
The following activities (not exclusively) have been carried out under the umbrella of our Education and Conservation Awareness Programme:
- Exhibition at YSD World Environmental Day at University Collage Sabah Foundation.
- Exhibition at Rhythm of Rimba at Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sandakan.
- Exhibition at 2nd International Symposium on Conservation and Management of Wetlands 2016
- Talk to students at Kinabalu International School about Sabah’s Wildlife.
- Exhibition at Petroscience Kota Kinabalu in conjunction of Earth Day 2017
- Wildlife Conservation Awareness Programme in Telupid
- Wildlife Conservation Awareness Programme in Ranau
- Wildlife Junior Ranger Programme at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park (in partnership with the SWD Education Unit)
- Exhibition at YSD World Environmental Day 2017 at Kuala Lumpur Performing Art Centre.
- Sunda Clouded Leopard & Carnivores Outreach Programme Exhibition at Le Meridian Hotel, during the International Workshop on Sunda Clouded Leopard Conservation in Sabah.
If you’re in Sabah and would like to have your school involved in our Education and Conservation Awareness Programme, please contact our education officer.
Proyects in partnership
Funded by Yayasan Sime Darby and Point Defiance Zoo, this programme aimed to educate primary school students about the presence and importance of preserving and conserving carnivores in Sabah. The programme was an initiative by DGFC and the Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) and it was led by DGFC’s education officer from 2013 to 2015. It is now being led by the Education Division of the SWD with support from DGFC.
To implement this programme, Claire spent 3 weeks in Point Defiance Zoo with Karen Povey’s education team and was donated with an education kit, which included a very successful clouded leopard costume.
Participating Schools were selected based on the advice of the district education offices and on the distribution and habitat of clouded leopards and other carnivores which are more exposed to human activities. The targeted areas were mostly oil palm plantations at the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary and other regions such as Tambunan and Keningau.
- To increase awareness and understanding of the importance of carnivores and nature conservation among communities living near carnivore habitats.
- To reduce poaching, forest encroachment, and human-wildlife conflicts in the long term, targeting at-risk families, through their children’s education at school.
- To inspire children to study science and ecosystem, and to become future leaders in wildlife conservation, especially in Sabah.
- To develop Mentorship Programme after Outreach Programme ends.
- Primary school students, aged 10 – 12 years old
- 20 to 30 participants in each school
- Must have basic knowledge of science subjects
- Participants CANNOT be changed/replaced during the programme for evaluation effectiveness, unless caused by matters that cannot be avoided
- Schools are selected based on the advice of the district education offices
- Selection is also based on the distribution and habitat of clouded leopards and other carnivores which more exposed to human activities.
- Three visits per school during programme duration
- Includes a 2 days-1 night field work at DGFC and/or school camp
- Manpower comes from DGFC and SWD Education Division
While the programme was led by DGFC, 12 primary schools were visited with a total of 279 primary students as participants.
DGFC has recently partnered up with Renee Myers, Executive Director at Forest Park Conservancy. Together we will design and implement a recycling programme for the Sekolah Kebangsaan Batu Puteh; a primary school in the Kinabatangan District. An official name for this programme will be decided by the school in the coming months.