Strong Roots?focuses on formal education through schools and universities, and informal education based on literacy centers. It provides incentives to schools in biodiversity conservation, where students are familiarized with finds of local solutions to environmental threats in their areas. The project is based on 21 schools (primary and secondary schools) around the KBNP including the management of one primary school and one secondary school where the conservation program is applied before being extended to the other schools. The program also?organizes eco-tourism and other educational activities for local, national and international people who desire to visit the gorillas and other wildlife already habituated to the human presence, including the rich tradition, culture and knowledge of the indigenous and local communities in their villages.
Through our environmental education program, we also run Education First, a project that provides scholarships for three aspiring conservationists each year.