There is an increasing alienation of the people who live in Andasibe from the forests that surround them. While busloads of foreign tourists arrive to visit the surrounding protected areas in Andasibe daily, many children never enter the forest and regrettably have little to no knowledge of the importance of these unique natural systems.
Mitsinjo is working to change this.
What We Do
We bring students from the eight Primary Schools in the Commune of Andasibe to Analamazaotra Forest Station to experience nature in a way they may not have had the opportunity to before.
To compliment these trips we conduct an Environmental Education curriculum at each Primary School three times per month, reaching more than 300 students annually. Our team of instructors carryout activities, games, and group work that highlight the connection between people and the environment.
However, it isn’t just about the environment. The eight Primary Schools in the Commune of Andasibe are understaffed and underfunded, with some schools having as few as 3 teachers for more than 250 students.
Mitsinjo’s Environmental Education curriculum gives students valuable time with quality teachers, an experience they may not have otherwise.
A team of 12 Mitsinjo instructors run our Environmental Education program. Like all of our projects, our Environmental Education curriculum is carried out by members of the community. In this way we not only provide information to students, but also serve as role models from Andasibe for children to look to as examples of stewards of the environment.
Most of our instructors also work as tourist guides and research assistants and have developed a unique understanding of both the ecological processes in the forests around Andasibe and how they affect the lives of the people who live here.
Environmental Outreach Center
In 2015 we’re building a place to expand our Environmental Education activities, a center for connecting the community in Andasibe to the forests they live near.
Our Environmental Outreach Center will have a classroom and nature museum that also provides a place for students to highlight some of their work.
Stay tuned for updates as construction is completed later this year.