|Training. EECG’s primary program is the provision of training and professional development opportunities for education professionals in developing countries. EECG collaborates with individuals and organizations in target countries to help plan and conduct international training activities. The activities may range from weeklong workshops to three week courses.
Most of these training activities focus on adults as target audiences of education efforts. They provide hands-on experience in the philosophy, techniques, and resources needed for the effective use of education as a tool to complement other efforts to preserve biological diversity. Environmental social marketing and communications strategies are an integral focus of these training activities. However, the courses and workshops also include activities and experience in education for students and out of school youth from early childhood to late teens.
All of EECG’s training activities use hands-on, experiential processes for learning and are based on the stated needs of the individuals and organizations with which it works. Although an individual course or workshop may be hosted in a particular country, training efforts are usually international in scope with participants from a variety of countries attending. This international scope enables course participants to gain a wider perspective of environmental issues and education techniques.
EECG staff members are complemented by a dedicated network of professional educators/advisors who help with training and provide support once the course is completed. After the training, participants are invited to join the EECG network where they can exchange ideas, post questions, and receive advice and support from EECG and its network of advisors.
EECG’s international training efforts have focused on Thailand, India, and Namibia. Core staff have conducted workshops and completed planning efforts in some ten additional countries.
|Technical assistance. In addition to providing fundraising and other assistance to graduates of EECG international courses, EECG provides technical assistance to various individuals and programs around the world.|
|Most notable is technical assistance and funding being provided to the Mutinda Wildlife Education Center (http://www.facebook.com/MutindaWildlifeEducationCenter) in Kenya. EECG acts as a conduit for assistance provided by a variety of U.S. sources and also advises on programs and training for the center.|
|EECG cooperates with various domestic organizations to provide training for formal and nonformal educators in the United States. Specifically, EECG cooperates with the Council for Environmental Education on training in Flying WILD and Growing Up WILD. The North American Association for Environmental Education is another organization with which EECG cooperates. EECG provides workshops as part of NAAEE’s National Program for Excellence in Environmental Education. The domestic training efforts are synergistic with EECG’s international work as they provide activities, ideas, and resources that can be adapted for use abroad.
EECG also provides domestic training activities in environmental social marketing and communications as the need and opportunity arise.