The 2015 Tacugama Kids Environmental Education Programme (TKEEP) school year came to a close with three days of field visits to the Sanctuary from the 25th-27th of November. A total of 197 students accompanied by their teachers from seven schools near Tacugama visited the Sanctuary. The students had a fun-filled day to showcase what they’ve learned in the classroom over the course of this past academic year. Having the students get to see the chimpanzees really brings the TKEEP message home. “In experiencing nature first hand I now know why conservation is important and why we must protect the environment,” said Pinky Myers, TKEEP member from Logos Elementary School.
Students went on a tour of the sanctuary, watched Oscar, a movie about a young chimpanzee growing up in the wild, played conservation games and performed dramas. The day was full of learning and laughs for both the students and the staff at Tacugama. “It’s important that we spread the correct message about the chimpanzees to these students. From this field trip, you can tell that the students have learned a lot over the course of one year,” says Education Officer, Ethel Sillah. At Tacugama, we believe that all students should have an opportunity to visit, see, and learn about this flagship species so unique to West Africa.