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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