Tanzania Heritage Program

Educating Serengeti's Future Leaders

Help bring Tanzania’s heritage of conservation to a new generation of leaders.

A Critical Turning Point

We are at a tipping point in the future of the great parks and reserves of East Africa. With the discovery of oil, gas, and uranium, a great geopolitical scramble for natural resources is on. Without a concerted effort to bolster conservation, the outlook is not good.

Our Tanzania Heritage Program will help rebuild Tanzania’s longstanding ethic of conservation and pass this heritage to a new generation.

I learned that people can destroy their environment if they are not thoughtful. For example, villages that are close to the park have responsibility.

Student participant

The Serengeti Teachers Environmental Program

Serengeti Watch has launched a program that will jumpstart conservation education and awareness in secondary schools and local communities. The Serengeti Teachers Environmental Project (STEP) is under way. It takes teachers and students into the field for their first ever wildlife experience following up with an enriched classroom curriculum and community outreach. STEP was rigorously pilot tested by educational experts to build and refine our approach for use in communities around the Serengeti.

They knew nothing of the commitment that the first President of Tanzania, Julius Nyerere, made toward protection and conservation. And nothing about any current threats to the environment. They had never – teachers or students – visited a national park. They ate up all the information we provided.

STEP Consultant

What we've learned

Our STEP pilot study gave plenty of confirmation – young Tanzanian’s are not learning about their country’s remarkable heritage of conservation. It was an exciting process of discovery, for participants and for Serengeti Watch.

At the end of the program, the teachers themselves were instructing all of us on what kind of commitment we need to make to inform not only their students, but their whole community. They made a joint plan to hold village meetings near their schools, and to teach what they are learning – not just in class.

You can make it happen

We must move quickly and effectively to educate the future leaders of local communities around the Serengeti. With a successful pilot program completed, it is vital that we quickly expand our efforts and reach those who will be instrumental in making decisions about their heritage of conservation. We must reach them now. Please support us and make an investment in the future of the Serengeti.

How STEP Works

The program has four key segments:

(1) Teachers and students visit national parks to experience the wildlife of their country, and learn more about the appropriate balance of nature and how to protect it.

(2) Teachers receive an enhanced environmental curriculum based on Tanzanian national science standards, plus classroom instruction materials and a day of training on how to use them.

(3) Teachers use the curriculum with their students, culminating in community environmental improvement projects planned and conducted by the students themselves.

(4) Project trainers conduct follow-up visits to the schools to support teachers in environmental instruction and provide feedback and additional information.

Download a full report

STEP was rigorously tested and evaluated by professionals. Read a detailed report on STEP implementation and view our curriculum guide and evaluation materials.


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We must move quickly to educate young people in local communities around the Serengeti. The time is now.

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