At Stop Poaching Now (SPN), we believe that conservation education programs require a multifaceted approach to reach the widest audience and have the greatest impact. They also require that the program be equally accessible to all, regardless of culture, socio-economic status, or geographic location. Therefore, all SPN education programs are provided both free of charge and in multiple modalities, including online for access from anywhere at any time.
Education remains at the core of our mission and your ongoing support has now impacted the lives of thousands of students and together we empower them to become the next generation’s wildlife protection warriors.
SPN believes that education is the most effective way to promote environmental sustainability, create long-term behavioral change, and encourage youth to embrace a sense of personal responsibility and stewardship for the natural world. The inspiration for the School Assembly Program started within our own community. It bringslessons from world-renowned conservationists, such as Damian Mander and the late Tony Fitzjohn.
Our GCEP program which was developed by Graham Gissing continues to empower and inspire students across the globe. Responding to requests from teachers, this program was intentionally designed to align with STEM and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) disciplines.
This year we have initiated a computer and tablet pc drive where the donated electronics will be presented to schools in Africa.
SPN’s Youth Board have accomplished so much in the past years. With the new generation of Ambassadors advocating for change we look forward to working with them on new and exiting ideas that make the difference.
Thank you to everyone who helped us forge ahead and accomplish our mission: to protect and educate.
To be successful, a conservation education program aimed at protecting global biodiversity, and reducing both the supply and demand for illegal wildlife products, must result in three critical outcomes:
Therefore, our education programs are goal-orientated and use evidence based strategies to raise awareness within the United States, and in both source and demand countries.
Raise awareness through delivery of our classroom presentation program and school assemblies.
Build strategic educationalpartnerships to leverage resources andincrease the uptake of our programs.
Develop conservation curriculum modules for middle and secondary schools.
Foster community engagement and raise funds for our on-the-ground conservation and anti-poaching partner.
Raise awareness regarding the negative effects that the illegal wildlife trade has onbiodiversity, endangered species, and local communities.
Change attitudes regarding the value of biodiversity to communities in terms of ecosystem services, natural resources, and ecotourism.
Provide support for education aimed at reducing human-wildlife conflict.
Provide alternatives to poaching through skills training education.
Change attitudes regarding the use of illegal wildlife products Change culturalperceptions regarding the use and medicinal efficacy of illegal wildlife products Empower youth to become actively engaged in reducing the demand for wildlife products
Reduce poaching and the consumption of all illegal wildlife products
In 2023, SPN will embark on its next chapter, to execute, landscape, scale collaboration and expansion to achieve our education and conservation development goals. Resource mobilization will play an integral role as an enabler for this. Using digital tools such as Pathful – Nepris and the STEM foundations, SPN’s goal is to continue to impact and empower youth across the globe at a larger scale.
PATHFUL Connect, a partner of NEPRIS, matches teachers and students with the right industry professionals virtually, without having to spend much planning time or leaving the classroom, while providing an effective way for companies to extend education outreach and create equity of access.https://pathful.com/connect
In an ever-changing, increasingly complex world, it’s more important than ever that our nation’s youth are prepared to bring knowledge and skills to solve problems, make sense of information, and know how to gather and evaluate evidence to make decisions. These are the kinds of skills that students develop in science, technology, engineering, and math, including computer science disciplines collectively known as STEM/CS. If we want a world where our future leaders, neighbors, and workers can understand and solve some of the complex challenges of today and tomorrow, and to meet the demands of the dynamic and evolving workforce, building students’ skills, content knowledge, and literacy in STEM fields is essential. We must also make sure that, no matter where children live, they have access to quality resources.
Provides an engaging student experience that focusses on the ecology and conservation of elephants, rhinos, and tigers. Designed to empower and motivate students to turn knowledge into involvement and action.
Support schools, teachers, and partner organizations by providing conservation-oriented curriculum modules and lesson plans that align with the Next Generation Science Standards.
Open to all ages to inspire and empower youth to become actively engaged in local and international conservation efforts. Students interact directly (via Zoom) with conservationists.
Build capacity by providing free online course modules for educators, teachers, park rangers, and conservation organizations in developing nations. The course modules are designed to cover keytopics found in a introductory college-level conservation biology course.
The Stop Poaching Now! Assembly Program is for students of all ages (grade school through college). The next generation will have the opportunity to create art projects, participate in community events, utilize media to generate awareness, and interact via Skype with activists such as Damien Mander (photo above) and our conservation partners in multiple geographies.
The Stop Poaching Now! Youth Board is one of our proudest accomplishments. Our youth program began when a few childhood friends wished to use their creative talents and passion for animals to bring awareness to the illegal and inhumane killing of endangered animals in Africa and Asia.
This inspirational group consists of twenty dedicated students in Los Angeles combining their talents for the greater good of society. The Youth Board will continue to grow by establishing other chapters throughout the USA and with our global conservation partners.
The free classroom visit program is designed to be an engaging student experience that focusses on the ecology, behavior, and conservation of one or two of our project species (elephants, rhinos, lions, tigers and wild dogs). A key objective is to empower students to turn knowledge into action and become active participants in conservation efforts at both the global and local level.
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