Uganda to introduce wildlife protection as a subject in schools

The Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWCEC) has pledged to assist schools in teaching pupils about wildlife protection and animal preservation.

This initiative is aimed at being adopted as a new subject within the country’s educational curriculum.

The move will see pupils being taught about species which are constantly under threat and this will be facilitated through books and educational board games.

Reports suggest that Uganda is in the top 10 most bio diverse countries in the world that has a number of endangered species.

It has 400 mountain gorillas out of a population of 1,000.

Around 1,020 bird species can also be found in the country, which is more than half of Africa’s total bird species as well as almost 5,000 chimpanzees.

Situated in Entebbe, the UWCEC is said to be welcoming 260,000 visitors a year.

Media reports also suggest that Uganda’s man-made problems like deforestation, industrial agriculture, hunting and population growth are the main factors that also contribute a threat to animals.

Visitors of all ages are always given tours around the conservation centre in Entebbe to learn more about the wildlife, but the tours are specifically designed to be interesting to school children.

Moses Okello who is in the seventh grade explained to the media that he has learned about chimpanzees who share 99 percent of their DNA with humans. It was this fact that inspired him to aspire for a career in wildlife conservation.

Source: African Daily Voice