Wildlife Alliance invests in environmental education to protect nature for future generations.
Wildlife Alliance created Cambodia’s only mobile environmental education unit, the Kouprey Express (KE), in 2005. The KE does not just raise awareness or educate people on the value of conservation and biodiversity protection; it fosters positive behavioral changes towards environmental sustainability and actively encourages children and adults to be front line defenders of their natural resources.
Bringing together communities, local knowledge, experience, and tradition, the KE travels around Cambodia to urban and remote rural locations to instill in the Cambodian youth and communities a sense of pride in their natural heritage and a culture of social responsibility.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, the KE works directly with students, teachers, schools, and villages, providing creative, fun and tailored hands-on lessons and activities to improve knowledge about the environment and what people can do to protect it.
This is achieved through a comprehensive interactive environmental curriculum program of:
- Student lessons and teacher training workshops on wildlife and habitat protection, climate change and adaptation, pollution prevention and other important environmental issues. Teachers receive training, supplies, and follow-up support needed to integrate environmental issues into their core curriculum. Students and teachers alike are excited about these lessons and activities and share these concepts with their families, friends, and neighbors, ensuring an impact beyond just the classroom.
- Community Night Shows and events that focus on the illegal wildlife trade, the importance of protecting forests and biodiversity, and Cambodia’s wildlife laws. These shows are designed for families and give community members the opportunity to learn and also share their ideas on how to protect their communities’ natural resources.
- Field trips to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center to meet wild animals rescued from the wildlife trade. These trips offer students and teachers the chance to put their new knowledge to the test to identify different species based on classroom lessons while seeing firsthand the impact of wildlife trafficking.
Target Beneficiaries: To date, the KE has directly reached more than 200,000 schoolchildren, teachers and community members through their environmental education training and activities as well as millions through their public service announcements, billboards and radio/television spots.
Partnership Opportunity: If you would like the Kouprey Express to visit your school or NGO, please contact project manager Ms. Amy Van Nice: firstname.lastname@example.org.
*To donate school supplies and educational material, please contact Amy Van Nice.
Wild for Life concert
On January 31, 2015, the U.S. Ambassador’s Youth Council (AYC) and Wildlife Alliance held a special concert to raise awareness about wildlife trafficking in Cambodia.
Watch this televised PSA
This Public Service Announcement was produced by Wildlife Alliance as part of the ARREST Program sponsored by the USAID and in partnership with Freeland Foundation in Bangkok.
Watch KE on Khmer News
Click on the image below to watch the KE's recent collaboration with USAID's Supporting Forests and Biodiversity (SFB) project in a segment on TVK Daily News.