Children's book helps foster a coexistence with wildlife

I cannot stress enough the importance of educating youth, specifically in African countries, where they have enormous untapped potential. Courses in environmental education are just as important as health, language, science, and technology. From my time working with kids at a primary school in the Greater Kruger region of South Africa, I could tell how enthusiastic they were to learn English from the international volunteers at the school reading club.

This wildlife children's book is for the kids at a South African primary school for their reading club where they practiced their English. The book translates from English to their local language Sepedi. I wanted to educate them on the wildlife essentially in their backyards, so they have a better appreciation. Along with showing beautiful photos to foster a love for animals, I highlighted the threats these animals face to help encourage the next generation of conservationists. The use of both images and text show the beauty of the wildlife in need of protection.

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