Evaluating the Street children’s behaviour whilst learning about primates and their environment

Key Learning Drawn from the Street Kids VisitThe children at UWEC

The program had a pre and post visit evaluation. Pre included observations made in their first trip and post was at the return trip at the facility.


The first trip comprised of 35 children and the second had 42 children including two facilitators that escorted the group.


The children engaged in different activities which included; community work, a guided tour around the zoo (UWEC), life skills seeing the animalsexposure, music dance and drama, lunch and refreshments. In undertaking these activities, chimpanzees were used as ambassadors to speak for other animals that have had similar circumstances in their lives.

Key Learning

From the observation and interactions with the street children, the following key learning’s were drawn;

  • The children willingly undertook community work and through this they learnt how to be responsible and live in a clean environment. They were asked if they had any problem with tiding up where they live or it’s something that they did not like to do in their everyday life.Learning

Their responses indicated that it was very important in avoiding disease spread that would affect them since they have no money and have to be healthy so as to get energy for every day.

It’s therefore important to note that street children can play a role in cleaning up the towns or areas they live if mobilized.Looking after their environment

  • They also learnt how be co-operative and work together as a group and with different people in the communities they live in, unlike their first visit in which they did not do any community work. It was observed that the children were much relaxed on the second visit and paid more attention to the facilitators.

This led us to the conclusion that a one off visit may not easily influence behavior and action among the street children. This is on ground that the children were very skeptical on the first visit, but slowly learnt to trust their facilitators.

  • Through another guided tour the children learnt more about animals and this time they were more inquisitive in learning about anything that they were being taught which was not in the same case during their first visit, where they did not feel confident  to ask questions or want to know more about the animals that they saw and liked. They expressed their key learning on animals through pictures, stories, and questions

During the second visit, the children asked more questions like,

  1. What is the relation ship between chimpanzees and humans?

  2. At what age do snakes give birth?

  3. Why do tortoises survive for a long time?

  4. Do you always take back these animals to the wild?Enjoying their time away from the streets

This is evident that they had developed a passion for animals and they no longer just have a concern about their own plight, but the environment that surrounds them, unlike in the first visit.

When asked to tell tales about animals, this time they had more stories to tell with out any hesitation for example how people came from chimpanzees, why the eagle eats the hens’ chicks, how the hare tricked the leopard, why the giraffe developed a long neck among others, and also were able to derive meanings and lessons from these stories of which they later related to their daily lives and learnt from them, unlike in their first visit where they told stories but could not derive any meaning out of them.enjoying good food, away from the streets

  • The children mentioned some actions they would undertake to protect animals and their habitat. They mentioned; feeding, not killing, taking time to learn about animals and planting trees.

They were also concerned about the wild animals that are eaten by the carnivorous animals and humans as well and asked Uganda wildlife education Center to encourage people become vegetarians.

  • relaxing in good healthy surroundingsThey also named polythene and plastic as an environmental problem and advocated for picking all polythene bags and plastics that are littered. They demonstrated this through a community service activity at UWEC where they collected all polythene. They suggested reusing the polythene to; light their stoves back at home, unlike in the first visit where they discarded the sweets and biscuit wrappers after eating.

  • Keeping food, constructing huts. This was contrary to the first visit where poor waste disposal was evident.

  • When asked to draw animals they liked and why they liked them this was done on this particular visit where they used their skills and creativity more, unlike in the first visit most of them did not want to draw and others did not know how to draw the animals they liked and tell why they liked them, they simply drew images which did not portray the real animals they had seen.


Sustained programs with street kids can lead to behavior change and action among street kids if properly managed.

You can help support these programs which we aim to run each month. 2 days a month costs Yebo £400. If you would like to donate even 50p we would be so so grateful for your kind support.

Our account details are below

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Account name: Yebo

Account number: 00802607

Sort code: 30-93-74

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IBAN: GB87 LOYD 3093 7400 8026 07

1 Comment

  • By Roger Mallins, January 3, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    It is good to read the above detail of the visits.A life changing experience for a modest cost bringing the particpants in closer contact with their previously unexplored environment and the inevitable questions along the way!! Great stuff.

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