School conferences continue to grow as effective tools to share our conservation messages among the youth (Ituri Forest). More schools outside the Ituri landscape are growing interest to visit the Okapi Wildlife Reserve, after they hear about it from their colleagues. This year, the education program has organized many school visits. We have provided guided tours of the Reserve, the pygmy (forest people) camps and the herbarium to 4 secondary schools and 1 high school. The secondary schools are located in Beni, Oicha and Butembo, and the high school is located in Beni as well.
Their teachers confirm that all information they receive is necessary and adds to their geography and other natural science lessons.
However, these trips are initiated by students who have very limited budgets. With the support of our donors, GIC helps the youth in terms of accommodations, additional fuel for transport and eventually food.