Kate on Conservation

Connections With Nature books reach Talek School, Kenya

I’m so pleased to share that our ‘Connections With Nature‘ books have made it to Talek Mixed Day and Boarding School in the Maasai Mara.

We were able to donate 11 sponsored copies of the book, plus additional stationary and educational resources for the school and their library, which was donated using funds raised from our online book launch and our first in-person book event, at the end of last year.

Huge thanks to Wildlife Blogger Crowd member Jack Lekishon for facilitating the delivery of our donation and copies of the book into the school and library. Jack has shared the following words:

“Talek Mixed Day & Boarding Primary School was established back in 1987 as a pre-school. It is situated at Koyiaki Zone Narok West constituency, 87kms from Narok Town towards Maasai Mara National Reserve.

We are grateful that we have successfully completed launching the Books ‘Connection With Nature’ educational books and other stationary to the Talek Vegan Boarding School Library (ASTRID Library) and the students and teachers are very excited to study, read and learn more about Nature conservation.

The school provides basic primary education to all the pupils in Narok West sub-county, and the entire Narok county. The school has three streams, with a pupil population of approximately 1,460 children (boys & girls). It is a primary school with the highest population in the county and needs much structure, because of the population.

Children at Talek Boarding Vegan School are enjoying reading the Books ‘Connection With Nature’s Educational Books’ that we successfully launched couple days ago in the School Library (ASTRID Library). Other stationery items and materials donated are also very resourceful and of great help for these children and teachers as well.

Literacy is essential to developing a strong sense of well-being and citizenship. Children who have developed strong reading skills perform better in school and have a healthier self-image.

Reading stimulates a child’s imagination and expands his or her understanding of the world. Reading among children helps to ignite creativity, sparks curiosity, and stimulates the imagination in young children. Often, this leads to role-play as children grow which helps to develop other skills such as empathy, problem-solving, and morality.

Through my conservation education outreach programmes, I’ll use these available resources to spread knowledge and interest about wildlife and environmental conservation among the youth of Kenya in particular and East Africa; so as to increase awarenesss of the great economic, cultural and aesthetic value of natural resources.

I’m very grateful for my passion for conservation and community empowerment and helping our children at schools in the Maasai Mara to develop a better understanding of the need to conserve natural resources for the benefit of the nation, its people and future generations through conservation education outreach programmes.

The students and teachers at Talek Mixed Day & Boarding Primary School are very determined and excited to learn more and develop a better understanding of the need to conserve natural resources for the benefit of the nation, its people and future generations through conservation education outreach programmes.

The school has been performing well in the National Examinations council andl is looking forward to improving more and more on their mean grade and producing better performing pupils who will join better performing secondary schools in the country and beyond. I believe that together we can exist to create a global community of children with unlimited possibilities. 

Thank you so much Kate Stephenson for this great initiative, the Talek community fraternity are very much grateful for this kind support. We are thankful to The Wildlife Blogger Crowd through Kate On Conservation for the selfless support and trusting to partner and work with us, and for your next plans of raising funds for the school laptops – one for the library and for the teachers. Together we can!”

About Jack Lekishon

For the last 2 years, Jack has been leading a team of volunteers on the front line, delivering donations made through the Maasai Mara food relief campaign to help Maasai communities suffering from food shortages as the global pandemic and its wider implications take hold. Providing food relief helps to control any attempt of poaching for wild meat and charcoal burning in the beautiful natural forests. Read more about his work here.

Jack Lekishonhttps://www.facebook.com/jack.lekishon.7

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