Born Free Partnership

Born Free Foundation School Link

What is the Born Free Foundation?

Born Free are an animal charity that’s passionate about wild animal welfare and Compassionate Conservation. They were founded by Virginia McKenna OBE, Will Travers OBE and Bill Travers MBE in 1984. They work tirelessly to stop the exploitation and suffering of individual animals living in captivity or in the wild. From the start, they’ve campaigned for a future where animals and people can co-exist and where threatened and endangered species are protected for generations to come. 

Born Free is committed to protecting threatened species in their natural habitats and preventing animal suffering, by building sustainable systems for co-existence. Wildlife is coming under increasing pressure from both environmental and human driven changes including habitat degradation and destruction, unsustainable exploitation of resources and human-wildlife conflict. 

Education is a key to ensuring that young people grow up with an understanding of the issues facing our natural world, and that communities living alongside wildlife have the tools to co-exist, and flourish, alongside wild animals.

Born Free’s Education Programme works with schools and communities across the UK, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Africa, instilling a love of wildlife and igniting a passion to protect it.  

Born Free Foundation School Link

Last year, we set up a link between our school and a school in Kenya so our children can learn more about wildlife and conservation.  The link will enable our children to develop an understanding of how life is different for other children globally.  Through the Born Free Foundation, we want our children to develop a sense of global citizenship through exploration of biodiversity, in order to be aware of, and address, environmental issues.

Ol Moti Primary School is near the Mount Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania, Kenya.  They have 223 children in the school.  Their national language is Swahili but they are taught English at school, alongside maths, science and environmental studies.

In the summer term last year, the Eco Club wrote letters and sent pictures to some of the children in Ol Moti Primary School. They told the children all about our school environment; the plants that grow in our local area and the creatures we can see.

Some of the children in Ol Moti school then wrote letters back to us to tell us all about their environment!  You can read some by accessing the presentation below:

Born Free School Link Letters

Recent projects and next steps...

The Eco Club will continue the link with Ol Moti Primary School.  They have made a video to teach the children all about Autumn in England as they don’t experience the same seasonal weather as us.  Click on the video link below to watch Eco Club's Autumn presentation:

Eco Club Autumn Video Presentation

The KS2 Choir have recorded a song for the Ol Moti school children to learn.  As well as sharing and comparing our different environments and surroundings, we wanted to share our school culture and music too!  Click on the video link below to watch the choir's performance of 'Build It High!'.  Can you spot the Autumnal themed link?

The Discovery School Choir Sing 'Build It High!'

The Ol Moti children are also going to teach us a song in Swahili!

We also have visitors from the Born Free Foundation coming into school this term to deliver workshops about key environmental issues.  Children will learn about threats to wildlife and the impact that this may have globally.