Our comprehensive and inspiring conservation education programmes create a new meaning and value to wildlife and the environment for local children and young people. Our hope is that these programmes encourage the young people of the area to be active conservationists and empower them to make the changes that are necessary to sustain livelihoods, conserve wildlife and protect the natural environment long into the future.
Our conservation education programmes encompass a wide range of educational activities and lessons, including:
- Visits to the Wildlife Education Centre from pupils of 6 local schools.
- An expansive conservation education outreach programme with activities and lessons in the Conservation Clubs (senior level) and Chongololo Clubs (junior level) at 6 local schools
- Regular field excursions into the National Park for research or game viewing
- The Chipembele Rangers Scheme, with badges awarded for Junior and Senior Ranger status
- Environmental campaigns in the community (anti-litter, deforestation, anti-poaching etc)
- Tree planting schemes
- An annual Inter-schools Wildlife Quiz and Pupil of the Year awards
- Daily computer training programmes
- Chipembele Conservation Scholarships for a small number of starred pupils, encouraging and steering them into tertiary education in sciences or wildlife related fields
- Access to the Chipembele Student Resource Office with laptops, satellite Internet, widescreen TV and DVD player and a range of wildlife and conservation books, films and magazines for the students to come and watch or read at their leisure
We run a small wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre and have over the years rescued many orphans and injured animals, nursing them to health or adulthood and releasing them to the wild. Anna has attended two courses on animal rehabilitation and is currently studying for a veterinary nursing qualification, sponsored by the World Society for the Protection of Animals, http://www.wspa-international.org/
Our rehabilitation work is authorised by the Zambia Wildlife Authority.
Below is a video about some of Chipembele's rescued animals.
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Pupil Sponsorship Scheme
Chipembele runs a Pupil Sponsorship Scheme for orphaned and vulnerable students from primary through to tertiary level. We also support a number of disabled children with the provision of appropriate medical equipment or other needs when they arise, and support a child-headed family with, clothes, school sponsorship and monthly food.
Schools Improvement Schemes
Chipembele has been assisting local Government schools since 1998 and has carried out a wide range of improvement projects including the construction of new buildings (e.g. classrooms, toilet blocks, a 48-bed girls’ dormitory, teacher housing and a new library) and the renovation of old buildings. It has also paid the wages of untrained teachers, supplied furniture (including hundreds of desks), thousands of books and large quantities of equipment, stationery and sports kit. Currently we pay the wages of the two cooks at the local secondary school and the wages of the sole teacher at a local community school. Our projects are ongoing and continually adapting to the needs of the schools and community, as and when they arise and funds allow.
Chipembele has a seat on the Board of Trustees of South Luangwa Conservation Society (SLCS) and Anna is the Secretary. SLCS is a local conservation organisation that supports anti-poaching, darting and treatment of snared or otherwise injured animals, community conservation projects, etc. Steve is also an Honorary Wildlife Police Officer and Honorary Forestry Officer, and is active in wildlife and habitat protection.
Chipembele has made close ties and links with many scientific research organisations, teams and individuals from all over the world. Help is offered to them through logistical support and practical advice for scientific, archaeological and palaeontological research in the area.