Education at Ngogo
We support the education of Ugandans in several ways.
We work with local conservation-education organizations
Ugandans benefit in many ways when local wildlife is preserved and educating people about these benefits is one of the most effective approaches to conservation. With this in mind, we work closely with U.N.I.T.E. for the Environment, a non-profit organization based in nearby Bigodi that provides conservation education training to teachers in local schools. We provide U.N.I.T.E. with information and educational material related to chimpanzees and our snare removal program, which they then incorporate into their primary and secondary school teacher trainings.
Ngogo Chimpanzee Project researchers, including co-directors David Watts and Kevin Langergraber, seen here, also take part in local conservation-focused events that U.N.I.T.E. for the Environment and other local conservation-focused NGOs organize. Events like Bigodi’s annual Earth Day celebration give us a chance to meet with local schoolchildren and teach them about chimpanzees, our work at Ngogo, and why it is so important for local people and researchers alike to work to conserve chimpanzees and other animals in Kibale National Park.
We support local schools
Several researchers studying the Ngogo chimpanzees have raised funds for primary schools near the park over the years. A few of the fund-raising campaigns include one led by Marissa Sobolewski-Terry, who raised funds in 2008 to build several classrooms for Bigodi Primary School, one led by Brent Pav, who raised funds in 2009 to build two classrooms for Kyakagunga Primary School, and one led by Jim Fenton and Bethany Hansen, who raised funds in 2012 to complete the construction of a second building and a latrine for Kyakagunga Primary School. Many generous supporters donated funds that helped make these campaigns successful.
We support the education of Ugandan adults
We also feel it is important to support the education of adults in Uganda. In this spirit, whenever funds have allowed we have granted scholarships for Ugandan Master’s students to conduct research at Ngogo during their post-graduate training through Makerere University in Kampala. We believe that this training will help them to successfully take on leadership roles in the various governmental and academic organizations that play a key role in the conservation of wildlife in Uganda.
Thus far, we have supported three Ugandan Master’s students:
Mijid Kiwanuka (2010). The Role of Vertebrate Seed Dispersers and Isolated Standing trees in Forest Succession in Grasslands of Kibale National Park, Uganda. MSc. Thesis Makerere University.
Samuel Angedakin (2011). Habitat Use by the Blue Monkey (Cercopithecus mitis stuhlmanni) in the Colonizing and Old-growth forest at Ngogo, Kibale National Park, Uganda. MSc. Thesis Makerere University.
*Sam is now our Project Manager and is working towards his PhD studying chimpanzees at Ngogo.
Dylis Ndibaisa (in prep). Potential Impacts of Illegal Hunting Activities on Chimpanzee Conservation in Kibale National Park. MSc. Thesis Makerere University.
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