ALERT is proud to welcome past volunteer and talented artist Kelly Langdon to our project site at Antelope Park this month to assist with the creation of the ALERT Education Centre.
Community participation and benefit sharing is a vital aspect of any conservation program and ALERT is embarking upon a new venture to reach out to local communities.
The ALERT Education Centre (AEC) will offer all local school children in and around Gweru city free conservation education lessons, clubs, workshops and a classroom for other relevant subjects to those in Grades 6 & 7 (11-12 years old). The AEC will also be used for life skills classes for local adults to learn new skills to assist with employment opportunities.
At the AEC children will learn about the importance of flora and fauna conservation on a local and continent wide scale. Children will have the opportunity to go out on bush adventures at the Antelope Park private game reserve to learn about a variety of plants, animals, signs and tracks under the guidance of experienced guides and enthusiastic volunteers.
As well as conservation education children will receive lessons in life skills including health and nutrition. An art room and music room will also be provided and to ignite the AEC's creative potential Kelly has begun painting her outstanding murals in the main classroom. We don't want to spoil the revealing of the final piece but here is a sneak preview of this afternoon's artwork and the artist herself.