Module 5: Conservation and Citizenship

Connecting & Expressing

Ideas and ideals are important in the way that they can help us develop behaviors which can improve ourselves, our communities, and the world.

Module 5 - Conservation and Citizenship: Connecting & Expressing

A Call to Action

Modules 1 through 4 point to the relationship between a healthy individual, a healthy community, and a healthy world.

You can see how we approach the many threats in Rwanda and Mexico. Our task was to translate this knowledge through our hearts and to apply our skills and abilities for the betterment of ourselves and reach out to others and the environment we live in to make our world whole.

Your call to action is to make your self-discoveries and apply your experience and principles to the world you live in. 

Here, in Module 5, is a showcase of Art of Conservation activities in Rwanda and Mexico. Wherever you are in the world, your job is to celebrate the showcasing of your activities in Module 5.

Come celebrate with us!



We have made quite a journey together! We have learned to care for ourselves. We have learned the importance of caring for others and the environment that nurtures us. We understand that our neighborhood includes not just ourselves, our families, and our friends, but the plants and animals around us.

It is not just our local environment that matters. We have learned that all life is interdependent and that each local environment can affect the entire planet. Our Earth is our home.

Now, we must ask ourselves, what is my role? What are my talents? What is my responsibility? What is my call to action? There are many places near and far that need healing and my call to action is to become the best me to create a better world.

  • What are my interests?
  • What are my skills?
  • Where can I help?
  • That is my calling.

Art of Conservation Ambassadors

Our graduates create celebratory illustrations.

Module 5 - Conservation and Citizenship: Connecting & Expressing

Recognizing Threats

What our students taught us

Threats to the world around us, whether in their own backyards or on a global scale, weighed heavily on our students’ hearts. How do you and your students react to the concerns illustrated by our students in Rwanda and Mexico? What can you add to this list?

One Health looks carefully at all of the impacts of human activity. 

What do you think are the behaviors of humans that negatively impact our biodiversity?

And vitally, what can you do to help us cope with them? 

Climate Change

The production and manufacturing of fossil fuels harms the local environment and is the major cause of climate change.

Destroying Forests

Cutting trees for agriculture, timber, charcoal, roads, and development.

Destroying Forests

Fires to clear for agriculture or through carelessness

Human - Wildlife Conflicts

The movement of humans into former wildlife areas creates a dangerous situation for both humans and wildlife.

Poor Sanitation &
Water Quality

A lack of infrastructure and experience makes human hygiene difficult if not impossible in some places. Personal hygiene is fundamental to One Health.

Module 5 - Conservation and Citizenship: Connecting & Expressing

Creating Solutions

What our students taught us

It is our responsibility to recognize threats, inequalities, injustices and, in response, to create solutions. 

Our hope is that the solutions that our students in Rwanda and Mexico created will provide inspiration for you to develop solutions for your region of the world and that you will, in turn, pass it on.

Do you agree with these actions that our students share through creative expression? It will be exciting to learn what you can add to this list!

We Need Peace and Stability to Help All Living Things

Click the video above and sing along to AMAHORO meaning PEACE in Kinyarwanda.

Staying Healthy to Prevent Disease Transmission

Staying Healthy

Personal hygiene is the most fundamental building block for One Health.

Protect Wildlife in their Natural Habitat

The restoration of wildlands and habitats.

Ecosystem Health

The restoration and creation of wildlife habitats can occur everywhere from your backyard to the wildlands of Africa.

Module 5 - Conservation and Citizenship: Connecting & Expressing

Community for Change

What our students taught us

At the end of each program, we had a Parents-as-Partners Open House. We hung art, we decorated ourselves, we performed; we spoke, recited poems, sang songs, presented messages, and enjoyed the conviviality of others and ate delicious food. We reminisced on our journey as we watched a photo slideshow of the years activities.

We invited distinguished guests, including park leaders and other local and state dignitaries. 

The students proudly announced into the microphone, “I am an Art of Conservation graduate!” Students walked down the line and received a certificate for participation in the course with their portfolio filled with their work. 

Children sat at tables and proudly showed their work to a parent or relative. Students walked with their families and friends through the art exhibition. Parents and others beamed with pride as their child performed.

Above, invitations, certificates, and photos from our open houses. 

Module 5 - Conservation and Citizenship: Connecting & Expressing

Sports for Change

What our students taught us

Sports offer an opportunity to learn teamwork and friendly competition. As well as highlight the work of Art of Conservation.

Module 5 - Conservation and Citizenship: Connecting & Expressing

Assessment for Learning



Diagnostic Quiz  This activity can be structured around helping the facilitators to learn more about the students classroom experience and personal stories. It is important to establish a baseline (starting point) to measure the changes in understanding and values towards One Health as well as the students’ sense of responsibility towards community health.

Upon completion of the course, repeat this diagnostic minus the intake. This is your post-test. You’ll find student behavior, knowledge, and effort in art has changed and improved. The findings are also helpful for you and your team to tweak, change, and revise the lessons to better fit your needs.

Note: Connect with educators in the community who may want to consider modifying the questions to be more inclusive and culturally appropriate as necessary.

Suggested Time:
20 minutes

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