Imani Oliver ’14
Teaching Assistant for Conservation Clubs
During the summer of 2013 I interned with Northern Kenyan Conservation Clubs, based in rural Kenya. The goal of our program was to make young Kenyan students the “new stewards of the land,” using experiential learning as the platform to encourage conservation. Each week, another intern and I taught environmental conservation lessons consisting of hands-on model making and field exploration. I showed my students ice for the first time in their lives, making our lesson on glaciers and global warming more comprehensive. I spoke with educators and program coordinators about ways in which environmental education could be integrated permanently into the national curriculum. The culture of student-teacher and student-household relationships seemed to have an impact on receptivity of information for students. It became evident that these teacher-student interactions could positively supplement an already evolving education system. I believe that examining this important relationship together with teaching strategies in Kenya could even help us with public schools in my hometown. Some day, I hope to enter the field of education policy development in the U.S. to make policies that are best for students of all socioeconomic statuses.
Northern Kenyan Conservation Clubs
Daniel Rubenstein, Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology. Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Chair, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Director, Program in African Studies