Puppets in Peru

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Peru’s minister for the environment, Javier Pulgar Vidal, recently conferred the country’s prestigious National Award for Environmental Citizenship upon the Amazon Centre for Environmental Education and Research (ACEER), for its environmental education programmes promoting conservation of the Amazon rainforest.

The minister made special mention of ACEER’s Puppet House – a travelling puppet show for rural elementary schoolchildren in the south-eastern Peruvian region of Madre de Dios. ACEER’s director of education, Licia Silva Ortiz, and her team have created rainforest characters – such as Yoqui the Brave Parrot – to teach Amazonian children the value of the rainforest, and why it is important to them and to the world to keep it standing, intact and used sustainably.

ACEER delivers several critically important education programmes to rainforest communities and to visiting students from around the world. It also trains teachers to use ecology-based pedagogies so that they can, for example, show their students how to monitor biodiversity. ACEER is also famous for its ethnobotanical garden, where new species of plants and animals are nurtured and studied. 

Category: Winter 2014

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