our mission 

To conserve Kibale National Park through programs that support education, health and care for the environment.

Since 1997, The Kasiisi Project has supported the conservation of Uganda’s Kibale National Park by helping communities  protect and steward their lands, waters and wildlife. Founded initially as a link between the research-based Kibale Chimpanzee Project and the local community, the Kasiisi Project now works with several research groups in and around the Park to address  issues critical for the survival of the forest and to support the local communities. 
With nearly half of Uganda’s population under age 15, young people have a significant role to play in preserving the country’s natural resources, both now and in the future. Our program primarily targets the 8,000 children attending 16 forest-edge primary schools. By fostering a connection between education, conservation and health, we are informing and inspiring a new generation of Ugandan conservationists.

THE SITUATION

The Ugandan government launched a universal primary school policy in 1997. Attendance grew by 70 percent within just one year, but the quality of teaching and learning failed to keep pace. Teacher absenteeism is high. Teacher-to-student ratios average 1:100. And while the gender gap in enrollment between boys and girls stands at 1.1 percent in first grade, by the seventh grade it reaches 16 percent. 

​Many Ugandan children fail to complete their schooling. Only 1 in 4 children who starts primary school continues to secondary school. Early marriage, teen pregnancy, lack of adequate toilets and washing facilities,  keeps many Ugandan children, especially girls, out of school. 

HOW WE WORK

We bring high-quality education and health services to primary schools in the rural communities surrounding Kibale National Park. To improve the learning environment for students and teachers, we provide teacher professional development and build and upgrade facilities and infrastructure. To support good health, we provide clean water, sanitation facilities, health education and girls support programs. And to inform and inspire conservation, we bring environmental education to children by working with school wildlife clubs to  promote experiential learning, including citizen science projects and field trips.

RESULTS

We’ve not only boosted student enrollment and academic performance, our schools now rank among the best in the district. The 8,000 children and their communities impacted by our conservation education programs collectively demonstrate significantly better knowledge of the environment, measurably improved attitudes towards local wildlife and increased conservation efforts in their schools and communities.
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