WiLD@Heart is a comprehensive and professional series of conservation education programmes for students aged 12 – 17. It has been designed by APE Malaysia, a social enterprise that aims to connect people to endangered animals through conservation and education projects.
With access to a number of special conservation and education project sites, the WiLD@Heart programmes allow students to gain backstage passes to endangered animals such as orang-utans, sun bears, and sea turtles. The projects range from captivity, rehabilitation and the wild, giving participating students the unique opportunity to participate in real-life conservation.
This immerses young people into the life of a scientist, accelerating their learning and motivating them to discover and explore the connection between animals, habitats and people through the scientific method.
Experimental quantification and reflective qualification let the students learn at their own pace, with the ultimate goal of allowing the synthesis of individual opinions and critical thinking. All done with an ethic of fun and hard work, this provides them with transferable skills that prepares them for future learning as well as developing them as global citizens for the challenges of a new Millennium.
Discuss with us your school/institution’s education curriculum to see how the education programme can be neatly incorporated into your student’s learning syllabus.
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Make enrichment for the animals
Imagine having a student gaining access to variety of wildlife at Malaysian Zoo’s, or discover the inner workings of a rehabilitation centre on the island of Borneo or follow researchers on a boat journey to track wild orang-utans.
Well now it is possible with the WiLD@Heart programme. Schools have the unique opportunity to send their students on a voyage of discovery as young scientists to observe and participate in genuine conservation projects for the endangered great ape, the orang-utan (Pongo Pygmaeus). Pick the programme that best suits your curriculum needs and take your students to delve into world of exploration and experience.
A Science Lab
Classroom and laboratory learning are integral components of any student’s learning. However, deep and embedded learning arises when students get to relate those classroom concepts and theories to the real world. WiLD@Heart gives students that opportunity by bringing the science lab into the field. Real animals, real observations, real experimentation, real discussions enrich the students’ knowledge in the subject, and the development and understanding of the application of science.
Ratified by Experts
Students are able to feel the passion and ask the toughest question as they meet the researchers and experts who work in the field day by day. Enquiries and discussions can take on rich and vibrant textures as the science and application of conservation is uncovered. With expert endorsement, students are motivated by the clear and tangible purpose of their experiments.
Linked to Qualification
Students commonly carry out experiments and quantify their results in a setting disconnected from the subject matter. By meeting and forming bonds with the endangered animals and human stakeholders, qualitative reflection and discussion is colourfully brought to life in front of the students’ eyes.
Synthesis of Perspectives
Living and breathing the connection between environment protection and human development leads to an acceleration in learning and the synthesis of complex global relationships. This is higher order learning that equips students for future learning, the ability to analyze problems and the formation of individual thoughts and believes.
Global Application and Impact
Wisdom is the application of knowledge and understanding. WiLD@Heart programmes give the students an active involvement in the conservation project thereby impacting in a meaningful way. This can be through planting of enrichment foods, planting of trees, carrying out basic forest transects, providing behavioural observations or in many other ways. By having impacts on many levels and the occasion to discuss it, students can relate small impacts to larger global issues and applications. This can be useful in their personal or professional life thereby preparing them as global citizens in a world full of new challenges.