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Friday, February 19, 2016

Successful start for 5 schools into the new school year 2015-2016!

In November 2015, Club P.A.N. of the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation started in 3 schools in the west of the Taï National Park: Gouléako 2, Sakré and Ziriglo. In total, we reach in these schools 141 children

In the school of Gouléako 2, Konan Sévérin Yao is the animating teacher working with 52 children. Modeste Gnonkonte is the teacher of Sakré, teaching 49 children this year.  Modeste is with the Club P.A.N. environmental education project since its start in 2007. Pierre Kouassi Sekre is our teacher in Ziriglo with 40 children. 

15 children from each school were personally interviewed by our local coordinator Ouattara Dabila before the sessions started for our pre-evaluation data collection. The same children will also participate in a post-evaluation after they have finished all 12 Club P.A.N. sessions. Right now, these 3 schools are participating in Club P.A.N. session number 7. They are probably done with the 12 sessions, post-evaluations and parents’ days in June 2016. 

In the two schools of Ziriglo and Sakré, the WCF is also supporting school micro-projects to teach the children alternatives to bush-meat hunting and consumption by breeding their own protein sources. The Giant African snail farm in Sakré is active since 5 years now, the children and teachers are breeding, feeding, and selling the snails, presently totaling to 15 big breeding snails, 73 small snails and several snail eggs. The chicken farm micro-project in Ziriglo had some bad luck this year because several chicken died of a disease. Now there remain 12 hens, 1 cock and 1 small chicken, but they will continue working on their farm.

Thanks to the donations from their German partner-schools (Kepler Gymnasium Leipzig, Alexander von Humboldt Gymnasium Werdau), the Club P.A.N. program also starts now in February 2016, in 2 schools in the east of the Taï National Park, in Petit Tiémé and Adamakro. WCF has been working for several years with these two highly motivated schools.

Instead of the former 15 Club P.A.N. schools, unfortunately, due to lack of funding, we were able to keep up this activity in 5 schools during the current school year. We are most grateful to all donors who helped us to make this happen! We also wish to express our gratitude to our local coordinators Ouattara Dabila, Hilaire Guilahoux and Andrien Kouadio Kouakou from the CPE (Cellule des Projets Environnementaux, Soubré, Côte d'Ivoire), without whom this project would not exist!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

S.O.S. for Club P.A.N. in Côte d’Ivoire! Please Help!!!

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to hear our appeal!

Normally, Club P.A.N. would start its 9th school year this October 2015 in Cote d'Ivoire. Unfortunately, we were unable to secure funding this year despite the amazing results we have achieved with the program and all the children we have reached.

This means that 15 schools with more than 1000 children will not learn about environmental issues, endangered species, local flora and fauna, biodiversity, conflicts between animals and humans and good hygienic practices this year and perhaps not ever again in the foreseeable future around the Tai National Park.

We have been making progress to incorporate Club P.A.N. into the national school curriculum but that has not happened yet and we really do not want to lose the momentum we have been developing over the last 8 years. The first meetings with the Ministry of Education happened earlier this year and stopping club P.A.N. now may be the end of the entire national initiative as well.

We are now asking for crowd funding and for you to support us in our 9th year on Global Giving

As little as 10 dollars will pay for a Club P.A.N. T-Shirt and book for one child with 12 lessons in it and have them included in the program.If you are able to donate more here is how your money will contribute to running Club P.A.N. in 2014-2015:

Even if you can only donate a few dollars every little bit counts, please consider helping us reach our goal to fund Club P.A.N. this year.

Please spread the word on twitter, facebook and any other way you can - Thank you et Merci!

If you prefer to donate directly to the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation please donate here and earmark your donation "for Club P.A.N." :

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Club P.A.N.: End of the School Year 2014-2015 Report

Club P.A.N. outdoor nature class room
Club P.A.N. has now been active for its 8th consecutive year in Côte d’Ivoire, around the Taï National Park, and for its 5th year in the regions of Sangaredi and Dabola in Guinea. The number of schools we managed to work in increased again, with 7 schools in Guinea and 15 schools in Côte d’Ivoire!

 It was a wonderful school year with great activities and outcomes from the parents" days and conservation activities. During lesson 11 we had some great conservation projects including a big tree planting project and the construction of a new goat farm as a school micro-project.

In cooperation with the partner school project WCF runs with German schools such as the Humboldt Gymnasium in Werdau and the Kepler Gymnasium in Leipzig, the school in Adamakro received a new building with new class rooms.

Thanks to the money German pupils donated to the project to cover school fees and study materials, 6 girls were able to attend school this year. A big thank you to the German schools!

Club P.A.N. class from Adamakro with their music instruments

The highlight of this school year was the creation of a new Club P.A.N. lesson (Number 12!!!) by researchers from the Robert Koch-Institute in Berlin. This lesson was a response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014 and concentrated on good hygienic practices and the prevention of disease transmission. The children received new posters, lesson materials, soap and buckets.

New Club P.A.N. lesson created by researchers from the Robert Koch-Institute
about good hygienic practices and prevention of disease transmission

The Club P.A.N. teacher training in October 2014 was conducted this time at the research station in Taï National Park with support of OIPR, CPE, TMP and TCP. The teachers and principals were able to see the primary tropical rainforest and parts of the training were conducted in the forest during nature walks. This was our most enjoyed and successful teacher training to date!

Club P.A.N. teacher training in Taï National Park October 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Club P.A.N. 2013-2014 End of Year Report

Club P.A.N. has now been active for its 7th consecutive year in Côte d’Ivoire, around the Taï National Park, and for its fourth year in Guinea. Our final report provides an overview of what has been done during the school year from 2013/2014.

Hilaire Guilahoux recipient of the
Charles Southwick Conservation Education Commitment Award 2014

The highlight of this school year was when our Club P.A.N. coordinator Mr. Hilaire Guilahoux (pictured above) from the CPE received the “Charles Southwick Conservation Education Commitment Award 2014” from the International Primatological Society.

Additionally, the Club P.A.N. project received the “Educating Africa Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education 2013” from the “Teach A Man To Fish” organization.

Club P.A.N. was fully active this last school year; reaching fifteen schools (729 children) in Côte d’Ivoire 4 schools (400 children) in Guinea – a total of 1129 children in both countries! All children participated in the initial and final evaluations as well as attended all 11 Club P.A.N. sessions. As every year, the school year started with a teachers training workshop and ended with the students preparing a Parents' Day event at the end of their school year/ We are happy to report that the WCF achieved all projected Club P.A.N. objectives.

We would like to thank our collaborators and partners from the school systems in Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire (Ministère de l’Education Nationale) and particularly the Inspection de l’Enseignement Primaire de Soubré1 - Cellule des Projets Environnementaux (CPE) who planned and organized the activities of the education program.

We would also like to thank the sponsors of the 2013-2014 Club P.A.N. school year: Guinea Alumina Corporation, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, International Primatological Society, Teach a Man to Fish, Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund, Fonds Social de Developpement, Auckland Zoo Conservation Grant, Züricher Tierschutz, Paul Schiller Stiftung, Brevard Zoo, Leipzig Zoo and Zoo am Meer Bremerhafen! Without you, nothing would be possible,

Merci & Thank You!

To download the final report - click here

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Primate Education Network's Educator of the month: Hilaire Guilahoux

Hilaire Guilahoux is the Primate Education Network's Educator of the month - you can read the whole entry on how he has helped shape and lead Cote d'Ivoire's environmental education programs on the PEN site. We are so proud to have Hilaire lead the Club P.A.N. team!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Club P.A.N. 2013-2014 mid-term report

How time flies! Club P.A.N. is now active for its seventh consecutive year in Côte d’Ivoire around the Taï National Park and for its fourth year in Guinea.

Things are working very smoothly at the moment as can be seen in our mid-term report which is available as a free download. The report provides an overview of what has been done during the first part of the 22013-2014 school year.

We would like to thank our sponsors of the 2013-2014 Club P.A.N. school year: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund, Fonds Social de Developpement, Auckland Zoo Conservation Grant and Zoo am Meer Bremerhafen! Without you, none of this would be possible, GRAND MERCI!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

7th Club P.A.N. school year started in Côte d’Ivoire!

The new 2013-2014 Club P.A.N. school year started on October 21st for a 3-day teacher training in Soubré, Cote d'Ivoire. 

We would like to give a big Thank You and Merci to the OIPR who hosted the WCF Club P.A.N. team in their lecture hall for the event!

The training was organized by Mr. Guilahoux and Mr. Ouattara from the CPE / WCF. During the training Julia Riedel from the WCF Germany and Eveline Riedel from the Humboldt Gymnasium Werdau lead sessions on a new lesson (11) added to this year's curriculum which focuses on conservation activities and includes new games and exercises. They also summarized the results gathered from previous Club P.A.N. school years to highlight the important conservation and outreach impact Club P.A.N. has been having in the area.

We would like to thank the ministries of Côte d'Ivoire for their presence at the opening ceremony and their on-going support! We thank 15 teachers and 15 principals for their motivation and great work during the three days of training!

Also, we are happy to announce that we have increased the number of Ivorian school participating in Club P.A.N. to 15 this year!

Teachers, principals, children and parents of Adamakro, Amaragui, Daobly, Diero-Oula, Djouroutou, Karie, Kouperou, Para, Paule-Oula, Petit Tieme, Sakre, Sarakagui, Taï, Youkou and Ziriglo, we wish you all a great 203-2014 Club P.A.N. school year!

We would like to thank our main Club P.A.N. donors: Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, Fonds social de developpement, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, DierenPark Amersfoort Wildlife Fund, Brevard Zoo, Oklahoma City Zoo, Paul Schiller Stiftung, Leipzig Zoo, Zoo am Meer Bremerhafen, Auckland Zoo, Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund, Teach A Man To Fish and Tierschutz Zürich.