I would like to formally announce an open lecture by Madagascar’s most prominent voice, Dr. Alison Jolly, sponsored by the MA for International Education and Development.

on the 27th of January 2011 @ 9am

University of Sussex, Silverstone SB 309

Alison Jolly on Challenges of Environmental Education in Madagascar 

“Most foreigners, if they think of Madagascar at all, think “Lemurs!” About 90% of the island-continent’s forest species are endemic, including the 100 species of lemurs. However, biodiversity has never been part of the Malagasy school curriculum. Environmental education is usually a list of negatives: “Don’t set bush fires, Don’t cut the forest, Don’t increase erosion,” when all these are fundamental to rural livelihoods. Currently one module on tourism in national parks is proposed in the new curriculum, but in a setting of extreme national poverty, resentment toward parks that block people’s access to land, rape of rosewood to profit a wealthy few, conflicts over future mining income, and vulnerability to climate change. The challenge for environmentalists is to bridge the gap between foreign and local values: what matters to people on the ground and what matters scientifically and aesthetically to the world at large.”