Mr. Enock Gray, Sega Girls School teacher and adviser to the Sega Anti-Ivory Club, had these initial reflections on the impact of the students’ October 2013 trip to visit the Jukumu WMA. More details from the students to follow in future blog posts!
SEGA SCHOOL ANTI IVORY CLUB PATRON MR. ENOCK GRAY (R) WITH SOME CLUB MEMBERS AND JUKUMU WMA RANGER MR. LEO MBENA. MEMBERS ARE FROM LEFT STANDING: AGNES, HAPPYNESS, HAWA AND FROM LEFT SITTING JANETH, MARIA AND MARIA.
“The Jukumu WMA trip made the Sega students feel that they can be in a position to bring awareness to the people who lack enough information on matters of elephants and poaching.
This opportunity really made the girls realize that they are a part of combined forces to protect elephants. They came to know that IGNORANCE is one of the biggest enemies that any society can ever have in its people.
As I was with them, I also saw the way the community can pay attention to the girls talking in confidence about the impacts of poaching and what the society can do to alleviate the problems.
Surely, If I am asked the impact of the trip to the girls, I will simply answer that it built their ability to talk in public, gave them power to advocate for the lives of elephants; and built their confidence to continue working towards goals, i.e., of saving elephants.
They thank all who in different ways have made the trip possible.”
SEGA CLUB PLANNING HOW TO APPROACH VILLAGERS OF DUTUMI VILLAGE TO AND ASK THEM QUESTIONS TO GET DATA. SEEN AT THE VILLAGE MARKET ARE FROM LEFT TO RIGHT CLOCKWISE ARE: EUGENIA, DINA, MARIA, REHEMA, MERENCIANA AND SUBIRA.