Mobile Education Unit
Our bespoke Mobile Education Unit (MEU) extends the reach of our work into those areas that our Community Conservation Educators (CCEs) cannot routinely access due to distance. The trips, which often last a few days to maximise the impact in the area, involve distributing conservation materials within the community, such as posters about how to manage interactions with elephants. In addition to a conservation manual for the patrons/matrons to help them to run activities, we also provide literature that the schools can use for club operations such as the Kalata for Kids magazine and ‘This is your Luangwa Valley’ student activity booklet. The education team conduct conservation education lessons in schools and hold community meetings with hundreds of people, in addition to holding meetings with the Community Resource Boards (CRBs). The topics of the community meetings are specific to the main conservation threats faced in each area. During each trip, several schools are visited and multiple community meetings are held. Our CCEs touch on critical topics such as deforestation, overfishing, poaching, and pollution, to over 300 pupils during conservation lessons. When possible, conservation-related movies are shown in the evening to the villagers.