By Wanjohi Gakio
An anti-poaching organisation has embarked on a program to educate the youth across the country against engaging in the vice. Elephant Neighbours Centre is targeting young people living in areas where poaching is rampant.
Speaking during the launch of the programme was launched at Ndururumo High school in Laikipia yesterday, founder Jim Nyamu said the anti-poaching education will be taken to schools situated in these areas. The regions include North Eastern, Coast, Rift valley,Central among others.
Nyamu said this is the second phase of the anti-poaching campaign after walks in major towns in the country to promote anti-poaching awareness.
“We are now targeting the youths whom we believe are being used to kill our elephants. We want to make it clear to everybody that poaching is bad,” he affirmed. He said most of the youths engage in poaching due to lack of jobs.
“We will distribute education material, clothing with anti-poaching readings and even hold seminars with them so that we can bring this vice to an end. We want to see the number of elephants increase by the year 2010,” he noted.
Nyamu noted that it was the obligation of every Kenyan to participate in the campaign since wildlife contributes a lot of revenue to the economy.
“What will happen if all the elephants get into extinct? We will have no tourists in our country and that is why we want to educate Kenyans that poaching is going to hurt our economy despite the ivories fetching a lot of money,” he said. Laikipia Wildlife Forum, a nongovernmental organization regional coordinator Virginia Wahome said that it was wise to start educating students in high school on the issue.