This is Valerie and here is my Conservation Heritage - Turambe report from Rwanda!
We realize it is very important to include geography lessons in our program. The students we work with are right next to Volcanoes National Park, home to the Critically Endangered mountain gorillas. We begin by talking about geography to prepare them for upcoming lessons which focus on the mountain gorilla’s habitats.
In all of our lessons, we always tell our students to respect themselves before they respect others, including the living things around them. In this context, we want them to first know the world around them and where their district, province, and country are located in relation with neighboring countries; this gives the students perspective.
We show them compasses and explain their importance in geography, teaching them all the cardinal directions. During the lesson, they’ll locate their country and neighboring countries such as Uganda in the North, Tanzania in the east, DRC in the west, and Burundi in South. Looking at the globe, they’ll locate all the continents and their country, Rwanda, on the African continent. The students also through this activity come to the realization that 70% of the Earth’s surface consists of water! They also trace the equator on the African map, learning that Rwanda is located just two degrees south of the equator.
Students study the globe to be able to locate other places on Earth.
Our students become more knowledgeable of the world around them through our geography lessons. For example, they’ll be taught that Asia is the largest continent, that the highest mountain in Africa is Mt. Kilimanjaro, and that the river Nile is the longest river in Africa.
With colored pencils, Nzabarinda Juventus and his peers color in the seven continents.
At the very end of the exercise, students and their teachers celebrate the completion of the floor puzzle map exercise!
Students were put into two groups to complete a puzzle map. Olivier worked with students on putting together the pieces of the world map while Eric worked on the African map. The exercise was like a competition, making it enjoyable for the students!
Through these lessons, we’re opening the eyes of our students to the world around them. And by doing so, we’re benefiting not only their lives, but the health of our planet as well— our “one-health” awareness message is again at the forefront. We’re all looking forward to what the future holds for these young, bright minds!
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