SDGs Aims and Evidence
Sustainable Development Goals – Chipembele’s Aims and Evidence
End poverty through education.
Hundreds of children have been sponsored to school or university through Chipembele and found careers or secured jobs as a result, thus lifting them and their subsequent families out of the poverty trap and into better lives.
Promote health and well-being of body and mind in community and programme participants.
Chipembele delivers all its programmes within the guidelines of its Environmental Policy and its Health and Safety Policy. This ensures our programmes are delivered safely and convey meaningful contributions to both the quality of our environment and the lifestyles of those we connect with in the local community. We also assist vulnerable families with food, clothing, water devices and at times, medical assistance.
Provide inclusive and equitable quality conservation education and promote lifelong opportunities for all.
Chipembele has been the winner of five international awards for its innovative and impactful conservation education programmes. We actively encourage girls and women to participate and provide extra opportunities for them to do so. In addition, we sponsor students though college and university and offer mentorship and career guidance for any participating students. We also have a staff development programme that ensures our staff can access learning opportunities both in-house and through third party providers. We encourage those who work for us to build their confidence, skills and competencies – to enhance both their lives and our programmes.
Achieve gender equality in the organisation and throughout our programmes.
Chipembele applies gender equality principles throughout all its programmes and administrative procedures and with staff. We achieve equal numbers of boys and girls (+/- 10%) in all our school clubs and activities. We actively encourage girl participation and educate boys on the importance of girl empowerment. Our Community Conservation Educators regularly meet with women’s groups for education sessions about sustainable livelihoods and how they can empower them.
Ensure equal opportunities are maintained throughout the organisation and promote equal opportunities and human rights in the local community.
Chipembele’s equal opportunities statement reads, ‘Chipembele does not discriminate in the operation of its programmes or the hiring of any of its employees on the basis of race, colour, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability or age. This policy also complies with all applicable Zambian laws.’
In addition, our Human Rights policy sets out the policies and procedures for mainstreaming human rights into all programmes and administrative procedures within the organisation. It establishes a foundation for managing our organisation in the local community and interacting with our international community in accordance with the high standards of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Educate schoolchildren and adult communities about climate change and how to mitigate its impacts
Climate change sessions are given each year to all our school Conservation Clubs and to many community groups. We lead by example, following guidelines laid out in our Climate Change Policy. We carry out and encourage practices and initiatives that include:
- Using energy carefully (electricity and diesel/petrol)
- Encouraging the use of energy efficient alternatives to firewood
- Planting trees
- Protecting indigenous forests and other natural habitats.
- Careful use of water
- Not setting bush fires
- Recycling and upcycling plastic, glass, paper etc.
- Understanding laws that encourage people to protect the environment
- Encouraging the growing of crops instead of keeping livestock
- Proposing healthy plant-based diets as alternatives to meat
- Advocating the avoidance of settling or farming close to rivers
Educate school children and communities about the conservation and sustainable use of life in rivers and lagoons
We teach a total of 640 students per week through 31 Conservation Clubs in 19 schools. We also teach in 16 community groups a week. The subjects on rivers and their sustainable use include river health, fish and fishing, the rivers of Africa, free flowing rivers, sustainable agriculture and climate change.
Educate school children and communities about the conservation and sustainable use of life on the land
We teach a total of 640 students per week through 31 Conservation Clubs in 19 schools. We also teach in 16 community groups a week. The subjects we teach that promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems include deforestation, biodiversity, poaching, the bush meat trade, human-wildlife conflict, conservation ethics and climate change.
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Read more about the UN’s SDG’s here: www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment