"In Africa there is a concept known as ‘ubuntu’ – the profound sense that we are human only through the humanity of others; that if we are to accomplish anything in this world it will in equal measure be due to the work and achievement of others.”
THE UBUNTU PROGRAMME
Ubuntu is an African philosophy which describes humanity; 'I am because we are'. Therefore, although we are individuals, we are very much interconnected, both as humans and as living beings on our planet. So we must strive to look after each other and the planet, no matter our differences. Our Ubuntu programme partners schools here in the UK, with schools attached to our partner organisations in Africa - Nourish Eco Village and Semadep Foundation - as well as funding vital conservation trips for young people to experience the natural world around them. Through this programme we hope to not only connect young people to the planet but to each other, giving them a platform to share cultures, stories and ideas on saving the planet.
WHY IT MATTERS
Across the globe there are communities that live alongside some of the most visited wildlife destinations on the planet. Although people travel from all corners of the world to see the wonders of such places, the harsh reality is that, bound by poverty, many of these communities will never get to visit the places that others travel thousands of miles to see.
We believe that must change. In order for conservation to be a success, the community must be involved. But for them to be involved, they must first experience the magic that the natural world has to offer. We cannot expect people to protect what they have not yet experienced.
Connected Planet Foundation are working alongside our partners, Nourish Eco Village, South Africa and Semadep Foundation, Kenya, to sponsor educational conservation experiences for schools within these communities. We have funded immersive conservation trips for young people into Kruger National Park and the great Maasai Mara game reserve so that young people can experience the wonders that are on their doorstep. We firmly believe that through building this connection with wildlife and the environment, young people will grow up as custodians for our planet and become the conservationists of the future.
Want to support children living on the edge of the famous Kruger National Park or learn about Maasai culture from Maasai children themselves? Our school partnership programme gives schools in the UK a unique opportunity to partner with schools linked to our partner organisations in both South Africa and Kenya. This will give schools a wonderful chance to learn about culture in different parts of the world as well as sharing each others wildlife heritage and stories. Schools in the UK will also have the opportunity to fundraise for their partnered school by sponsoring conservation trips and educational materials.
These trips have the ability to change the lives of these young people and help to connect as many people to nature as possible. If you know of a school that would be interested then please get in touch.
Over the past year we have been fundraising for a minibus for our partners at Nourish Eco Village, South Africa. A minibus that would take hundreds of children a year on immersive conservation trips to the likes of Kruger National Park.
We are proud to say we have now hit that target and Nourish have got the bus! The Connected Planet team visited Nourish this summer and already the bus is making a huge difference, taking over 150 children on trips in just the first couple of months.
We want to thank everyone for their support and kind donations to make this bus happen. We truly believe it will help to create the next generation of conservationists.