Written By: Indigo Janka, Wetlands International
Students at several primary and secondary schools in the Saloum Delta, Senegal, are connecting with their surrounding natural habitats through mangrove clubs. Activities such as bird counting and creating school gardens are helping the young students get closer to topics like bird migration, biodiversity, and salination of the soil.
Last year, one of the clubs joined the first annual bird count of Senegal, leaving both students and teachers impressed. As Madame Senghor, a teacher at Dianco Mané primary school in Dassilamé, Senegal, enthused: ‘This educational outing is the best way to connect students with nature and birds. Students, and even teachers have a better understanding of the importance of the annual waterbird count.’