Education has been recognized in the 21st century worldwide as one of the most effective tools for biodiversity conservation. Researchers and wildlife protection agencies alone are not sufficient to save endangered species. The environment could be significantly improved just by encouraging the public in the form of education to participate in wildlife protection and hence change their daily actions .The Little Guide Training Program not only treats students as receivers of education, but also enables them to influence more parents and children to pay attention to animal protection through systematic training and practice, and to be environmentally friendly citizens in every aspect of their daily life.
Following last week's knowledge and skills training, the Little Guide Training Camp organized its second training session, practical training on 23 November. This training was mainly conducted at the giant panda activity field area.
The training teacher played the role of first-time visitor at the base. While watching these giant pandas, the teacher listened to the camp students' interpretation service and gave personalized instructions to each student. In the course of this process, these students had to reprocess the previously prepared interpretation done on the spot based on individual information and the current behavior (such as rest, eating bamboos or drinking water) of each giant panda in different areas, and present a complete, logical, fluent and flexible interpretation to their visitors (training teachers).
While the teacher instructed some of his students, the rest either listened to one another, or gave one another advice, thereby encouraging and urging one another to seize every opportunity to “speak” and make progress together.
Meanwhile, some well-prepared camp students were eager to introduce this training activity to visitors, thus inviting them to listen to their interpretation and give advice.
By the end of a tight and orderly day of practice, many children's attitude toward “interpretation service” had changed from shyness and nervousness at the beginning to ease and confidence. Teachers therefore expect these children to perform at their best when they are assessed next week.