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Deadline for lion conservation competition nearing secondary schools

BILLOW KERROW
By | January 19th 2011

The entry deadline for the Lions Conservation Competition for secondary schools will be on January 28th. This project is organized by Born Free Foundation, Australian Education Consultants (AEC) and Kenya Wildlife Services.

The entry forms for the competition are available from Australian Education Consultant (AEC) offices on the ground floor of Centro House in Westlands. These can also be downloaded from the AEC website: www.aec-australia.com, or the facebook.

Gurgeet Chana, a Director of Australian Education Consultants (AEC), explained, "Following the success of the 2009 lion conservation campaign organized by Born Free Foundation, AEC has partnered with the Foundation and Kenya Wildlife Services to run this Conservation Competition for secondary schools with the aim of creating awareness of the plight of lions in Kenya."

"The theme for this year’s contest will be "Lions — How Can We Save Them?" and is divided into project, photo essay and painting/drawing/mural categories. This competition is open to high schools in Nairobi and its environs and Nakuru and the entries can be submitted at the AEC offices, or online. These will be judged by Born Free Foundation and Kenya Wildlife Services."

"Entries should consist of teams from the same school of not more than four students in each group. Competitors can enroll in different categories of the competition. Emphasis will be placed on creativity and contestants are allowed to use technology tools such as website, power point and models to illustrate their projects."

"Last year, the Born Free Foundation organised a campaign dubbed "Pride of Kenya" which saw 50 decorated fibreglass lions displayed around Nairobi. This initiative created awareness for the conservation of lions and corporate companies were invited to sponsor the painting of these sculptures. The public were also provided with an opportunity to vote for their favourite lion."

"A lion named Shahi Raja which was sponsored by Australian Education Consultants (AEC) and was displayed at the Village Market emerged the most popular with the public. After the display of the lion sculptures in the Nairobi area, Born Free Foundation auctioned the statues and AEC bid successfully for five of them."

"To highlight the importance of conservation and the need to reverse the decline in the number of lions in Kenya, AEC is donating some of these fibreglass lions as roving trophies for the Conservation Competition for Secondary School. Each winning school will keep a fiberglass lion until commencement of the next contest. This will help generate more interest in lions as endangered animals," concluded Gurgeet Chana.

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