Education Programmes at Limbe Botanic Garden, Cameroon - Model Solutions
Number 9 - July 1994
In the early days the Limbe Botanic Garden was primarily an agricultural research and training centre. Today, with the numerous agricultural and forestry schools and research centres, its role has shifted to conservation, amenity, recreation, tourism, science and education. Several education and outreach programmes have been developed.
The School Environmental Programme
This was established in 1991 as an outreach programme. The aim of the programme is to carry an environmental conservation message to a greater number of school children than are able to actually visit the Garden. It involves five schools, both primary and secondary, which have been involved in activities with a conservation theme. Activites include school landscape planning competitions, the formation of a nature club, the planting of a school orchard and a school nursery, and the organisation of various slide and video shows.
The Musa Genetic History CollectionThis is aimed at educating the public about the history of the Musa species and their evolution. Bananas and plantains constitute one of the principal food crops of the tropical world. They are so common in our society that it is difficult to convince people that they are exotics. In the display, various levels of evolution have been arranged in a pattern to radiate from the parent stock in a sort of tree diagram. An information board with a planting map is provided.
O.T. Bannavti, Education officer, Limbe Botanic Garden and Rainforest Genetic Conservation, P.O. 437, Limbe, CAMEROON
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