Schools against Extinction

We work with schools to help young people build their knowledge and understanding of the environmental challenges facing our wildlife and wild spaces. Our aim is to inspire positive action.

Our Schools against Extinction education initiative is focused specifically on raising awareness about endangered species and the threats facing them. The programme aims to engage and inspire and offers schools the chance to make a difference and see tangible results in the process – we’ll pair a school with a specific partner project and provide quarterly updates over the course of one school year.

We can help your pupils get a better understanding of our planet’s most endangered species, the threats they face, and how we can all act to ensure their survival.

Becoming a partner school is quick and easy

 To become a School against Extinction simply pledge to raise funds for Explorers against Extinction in the 2019/2020 school year. The funds you raise will go to support a specific partner conservation project, chosen by you.  To apply, please complete and return the attached form by 13 September 2019.

Summary of benefits

-Receive 12 tickets (10 student and 2 staff) to our prestigious event at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 14 November 2019 with a chance to meet conservation and species experts;

-Join our artists, celebrity and explorer supporters by making a public stand against extinction by submitting one A3 artwork to our Schools against Extinction Sketch for Survival. School artworks will be displayed at the RGS (this can be a collaborative or individual artwork). Proceeds from the auction contribute to your fund-raising total;

-Enjoy quarterly updates and a personalised visit in Spring 2020 from an Explorers against Extinction trustee to your school to talk about our work and the specific conservation project of your choice.

Select your project

The Sheldrick Trust – £800- £1,600 fund-raising target

Pioneering elephant rescue, rehabilitation and release project in Kenya founded by the late Dame Daphne Sheldrick.

£800 could cover an entire month’s worth of formula milk for one elephant orphan

£900 could fund a Mobile Veterinary Unit for two weeks, giving life-saving treatment to sick and injured wild animals in the field

£1,300 could enrol a Ranger in three months of intensive training at the KWS Manyani Training Academy

£1,600 could fund the rescue of an orphan elephant, bringing it into the care of the Sheldrick Trust Nursery in Nairobi – one orphan will be fostered on the school’s behalf and you can receive monthly e-updates for 1 year about this orphan.

Ol Pejeta Conservancy – £800 – £2000 fund-raising target

Ol Pejeta is part of Fauna & Flora International and is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. It is also home to the last two northern white rhinos in the world. The rhinos are protected by a specialist anti-poaching dog squad or K9 unit, comprising three different breeds fulfilling different roles: tracking (bloodhound), detection (Spaniel) and attack (Belgian Malinois).

£800 could equip a wildlife ranger with essential kit (boots, uniform, binoculars etc) 

£1,000 could feed an anti-poaching dog for a year

£2,000 could help to care on a day to day basis for Ol Pejeta’s rhinos, and allow your school the opportunity to name a rhino on the conservancy

Tiger Protection Units, Sumatra – £900 – £2,888 fund-raising target

Equip forest-edge community rangers working in three ecosystems in Sumatra with vital equipment.  The rangers patrol for snares, monitor the health and movements of the tigers and observe changes over time to the rainforest habitat – their work is essential to the tiger’s future and an essential link with the local communities.

£900 could fund three camera traps to monitor wildlife including tigers and other species.

£1,925 could pay for a session of field training, helping to get new rangers into the forest to protect tigers from poaching

£2,888 could pay for a motorbike, to help rangers’ access remote locations

Fund-raising support

Partner schools receive a Schools against Extinction pack which includes:

Raffle Tickets – 50 Explorers against Extinction raffle tickets to sell at £5 each and help you on your way to your fund-raising target. The raffle closes on 17 November 2019. The first prize is a luxury conservation safari to Kenya including visits to two of the projects outlined above (Sheldrick Trust and Ol Pejeta).

Greeting cards and postcards – you can request packs of Sketch for Survival postcards and greeting cards on a sale or return basis to sell at fetes, fairs or coffee mornings.

T-shirts for Change affiliate scheme– we’ll provide your school with a unique link to our online store. For every conservation T-shirt sold using the unique link, a £3 donation will be credited to your fund-raising total (e.g., sell ten T-shirts and raise £30).

Other fund-raising suggestions: hold a non-uniform day, a cake sale/coffee morning or a sports day/summer fair barbecue; organise an event (disco, music recital, conservation debating competition etc) ; make and sell greeting/Christmas cards; organise sponsored activities (walks/dog walks; beach/park clean-ups and litter picks).

Download Schools against Extinction Information + Booking Form and details of our Evening at the Royal Geographical Evening.