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'Precious Africa' Maasai art and culture, iconic animals in their natural habitat

FOLLOW OUR EXPEDITION TO BEAUTIFUL KENYA – WE WANT YOUR CHILDREN TO USE THE RESOURCES ON THIS PAGE TO QUESTION, LEARN, CONNECT & THEN TO REFLECT AND CREATE THEIR OWN PIECE OF ‘PRECIOUS AFRICA’ ART TO EXHIBIT ON THE WORLDGALLERY.ONLINE

  • “In March 2018 the very last male Northern White Rhino died, leaving only two females with which conservationists hope to save the species from extinction. This was a shocking moment and one we need to use to empower a new generation to live in a much more sustainable way. We can’t undo history or even fully know what the history of a subject is, we are stuck with the current reality and have to move forward from that point without prejudice and with our hearts and minds wide open.”

    John Dyer
  • “We on Ol Pejeta are all saddened by Sudan’s death. He was a great ambassador for his species and will be remembered for the work he did to raise awareness globally of the plight facing not only rhinos, but also the many thousands of other species facing extinction as a result of unsustainable human activity. One day, his demise will hopefully be seen as a seminal moment for conservationists worldwide.”

    Richard Vigne
    CEO
    Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya

Let's make this 'live', real and personal for your children

'Live' 5 minute videos each day from Kenya in 2021
Read the 'live' blog to be in the moment with us in 2021
Ask questions before, during & after the expedition
Submit the children's art to the World Gallery now
Why?

Why?

Home to the Big Five, Kenya inspires visions of wide-open savannahs, soaring mountains and tribal culture. Despite these idyllic images, co-existence is not easy, with increasing human populations, shrinking habitats and climate change pushing people and wildlife ever closer together. 

Join us to explore the beauty and trials of life in Kenya by experiencing Maasai art and culture, and observing and painting some of the world’s most iconic animals in their natural habitat. 

Where and when?

Where and when?

Artist John Dyer and musician Martha-Lilly Dyer will travel to Kenya in early 2021 to visit the Maasai communities living around Amboseli National Park, before travelling north to Meru National Park, a key landmark in the Born Free story and the resting place of Elsa the Lioness.

Working with local artists and guided by Born Free’s education team we will work with community members and local school children in both locations to create some truly unique works of art. We also hope to glimpse some of the wild animals that call Kenya home, including the last two northern white rhino left on earth.


During the visit satellite communications will allow schools to ask questions and we will upload blogs and videos each day to inspire children across the world to connect to tribal culture and the environment. 

Teaching Resources

Teaching Resources

Born Free, with the help of the Eden Project and the Last Chance to Paint team are currently creating downloadable lesson plans and teacher notes for learning about Kenya and to follow the ‘Precious Africa’ adventure.

The resources will be primarily designed for Key Stage 2 but will be easily adaptable for all Key Stages. Links to Art and Design, Geography, Science, English, SMSC and Citizenship curricula.

We also have additional videos to inspire and ideas on our educators’ page.

DOWNLOAD OUR TEACHING RESOURCES NOW


Chapter 3 'Precious Africa' - Summary and Curriculum Links (1019 downloads)


We plan to make available five cross-curricular KS2 lesson plans to download in the summer of 2020.

What do we want you to do?

What do we want you to do?

We plan to be live from Kenya in 2021 but you can still send us your children’s Kenya inspired art now.


We want you to use the art of John Dyer, combined with our video diary, photographs and blogs to immerse your school and children in the subject of Kenya in Africa. Encourage them to reflect, connect and to then create their own piece of art based on plants, tribal people or animals and to upload it to our WorldGallery.online. Help us to make real connections between peoples and to create the largest online art gallery of art celebrating the natural world. Upload your children’s art.

“WE BELIEVE THAT ART CAN HELP TO CHANGE THE WORLD”


Are you already inspired to paint, draw, collage or create on the subject of 'Precious Africa'?


If you are already itching to get creative and to connect to the subject of ‘Precious Africa’ through art then don’t hold back! You can send us your very best art already and we will proudly celebrate it on our online gallery for you. We do have some terms and conditions you will need to read before submitting your art and all art must be submitted by an adult. We are looking for your absolutely best work, something you will be proud to put on your wall at home and to see online in ten years time – so make it fantastic and make it from the heart. We can’t wait to see what you do.