The Biodiversity program is a collaboration for schools and communities, a pilot project named the Israel-Rwanda School Biodiversity Program. Our goal for the program is to create cooperative student learning and action between junior-high school students in Rwanda and Israel for conservation of biodiversity.
The partners in this project are International Youth Rwanda for Development (IRYD), TiME This my Earth, Harmony Foundation and Shelter Them Batarure. Our implementing partners are Rogozin school in Kiryat Ata, Israel, and Groupe Scolaire Rugando (“GS Rugando”) in Rwanda
Key objectives of the project are aligned with the Government of Rwanda’s National Biodiversity, which seeks to increase early awareness among young generations about biodiversity through school programs. This project will enable students in both countries to learn together about the vital importance of and practical actions for conserving biodiversity, experience group decision-making while identifying habitat for protection, enhance language and communication skills, learn new cultures and skills for cross-cultural cooperation, develop new skills in agriculture and other fields to protect biodiversity.
The main goal for this program is to create connections among multi- dimension cultural student learning and action exchange for the conservation of biodiversity. We started with the pilot project named the Israel-Rwanda School Biodiversity Program with the goal to link up junior-high GS Rugando, Rwanda and Rogozin School, Israel for conservation of biodiversity learning. This program operates through partnership between four entities namely Shelter Them, IRYD, Harmony Foundation and This is My Earth, whereas IRYD and
Harmony provide financial and technical assistance to the operations of this program.
The students from both schools have so far learnt the importance and practical actions for conserving biodiversity, experience group decision-making while identifying habitat for protection, enhance language and communication skills, learn new cultures and skills for cross-cultural cooperation, develop new skills in agriculture and other fields to protect biodiversity. The Students continued to learn their normal class environment related subjects such as Geography, Biology, Agriculture, English, ICT, Dance and music, but with major change in methodology whereby the learning approach model attracted more attention to practical actions and friendly communication interaction between the learners. This has not only stimulated excitements to learn environmental conservation by the students but also has enhanced their class performance. The skills acquired has benefited on the other hand their respective communities. It also raised awareness on the importance of environment protection in their neighborhoods.