Presenting results and networking among PAs and schools

Published: 12 February 2020
Last edited: 12 February 2020

The WWF Nature Academy cycle ends with a final event were all ambassador schools present the results of their projects and the protected area they are an ambassador of. The final event is hosted by one of the participating protected area and the goal of the events is to share success, lessons learned and promote networking among the ambassador schools and PAs. An important element of the final event is the press conference for local and national media.

 

During the academic year the ambassador schools share their results on the WWF Nature Academy Facebook page (a closed group for project participants), on their school websites and Facebook groups and they communicate them to the local media together with the protected area.

 

After the final event each ambassador school becomes a mentor to a new school participating in the academy and hands them over the “mentoring box” with suggestions, motivational messages and handmade souvenirs. In this way ambassador schools of the same protected area start to cooperate and in time build a school network of the protected area.  

 

Very important for the end of the academy cycle – celebrate the success at a thematic biodivesity party! 

Classifications

Category
Communication, outreach and awareness building
Education, training and other capacity development activities
Evaluation, effectiveness measures and learning
Scale of implementation
Subnational
National
Phase of solution
Implementation
Documentation and dissemination of results

Enabling factors

1. School director supports participation and enables to the teachers to implement activities outside of the school.

2. All students need the consent of their parents/legal guardian for the participation in the project as it involves activities outside of school and usage of photo and video materials.

 

3. Good cooperation between the protected areas and their ambassador schools, PAs support in the implementation of project activities.

 

4. Willingness of the PA to host the final event.

Lessons learned

  • Sending clear instruction to the ambassador schools on how to present their project results and their protected area.
  • Start to organize the final event with the PA on time and clearly define who is doing what.
  • Have representatives off all involved protected areas present at the final event.
  • If possible include more students from the hosting ambassador schools as it does not influence the budget of the event and gives more students the opportunity to present the results they have achieved.  
  • If possible help the ambassador schools to arrange a meeting with their mentoring school before the next school year starts.