Bwindi Impenetrable Kids League Expands
Greetings from Conservation Through Public Health and welcome to the May edition of our newsletter.
In September 2018, CTPH received funding from Disney Conservation Fund to implement a project entitled “Integrated Gorilla and Human Health”. One of the objectives of this project was to connect young people with nature through expanding the Bwindi Impenetrable Kids League, a sports league, from four schools in Mukono parish around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to four more schools in Buremba and Mpungu Parishes. This area experiences higher levels of poaching so the aim of the activity was to raise awareness and understanding of conservation through sports and, in so doing, increase the children’s understanding of the threats to gorillas and other wildlife and improve the local communities’ attitudes to conservation. Students are evaluated through conservation quizzes and sportsmanship. Winning the game is dependent on winning the quiz and the game of football (soccer) or netball.
Started in 2012, the Bwindi Impenetrable Kids League was first supported by The Hodgkinson Family in England, UK, to motivate children in schools around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to learn about conservation and health through sports and, in so doing, improve youth engagement in conservation. The project was established through a partnership with The Kids League (TKL) founded by Trevor Dudley and based in Kampala.
Through our Integrated Gorilla and Human Health project, CTPH has managed to expand the Bwindi Impenetrable Kids League to four additional schools within Buremba and Mpungu parishes around Bwindi Impenetrable Park, which also have high human and gorilla conflict.
In April 2019, CTPH Bwindi Field Office Manager, Alex Ngabirano, together with CTPH visiting research students, William Fugina from Cornell University in USA and Vishakha Vasuki from St George’s University in Grenada, met the eight schools from Mukono, Buremba and Mpungu parishes around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to continue the Impenetrable Kids League. “It’s these children who are going to grow up and play an essential role in conserving the environment and animals around them” William Fugina said after the matches.
This year’s tournament was won by Buhoma Community and St Mathew primary schools in Mukono Parish and Kanyashogyi and Kashenyi schools in Mpungu Parish. The rest of the schools received soccer balls and each participating child received a reward of a book and a pen.
We are very grateful to Disney Conservation Fund for all the support towards strengthening the Kids League.