New Project Director Announced
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Emily Otali has been appointed as Kasiisi Project Field Director starting in September of 2014. Emily, who is currently Field Director for the Kibale Chimpanzee Project, has been deeply involved with the Kasiisi Project for many years. She is a member of the Board of Directors of our Ugandan partner the Kibale Forest Schools Program and currently serves as Chair of the Scholarship, Finance and Guesthouse committees. Emily will continue to have a part-time appointment with the Kibale Chimpanzee Project KCP strengthening our relationship with forest research and conservation.
Kasiisi Project awarded Pedal-Powered Cinema.
3 Kibale area conservation projects, The Kasiisi Project, The Kibale Fuel Wood Project and North Carolina Zoo/UNITE have been jointly awarded a Pedal Powered Cinema to enable them to show films in schools and communities where there is no Power.
The Great Ape Film Initiative (GAFI) “uses cinema and television to help save endangered animals in vulnerable habitats in Africa and South East Asia”. Partnering with Ape Alliance as part of Hope 4 Apes 2013, GAFI donated 6 Pedal Power Cinema kits to deserving charities and NGOs working for ape conservation. The three Kibale area projects were lucky enough to be awarded one to share.
These field cinema kits developed by Electric Pedals will greatly extend the reach of our conservation programs by allowing us to show movies where electricity is not available. The opportunity to demonstrate to our students another “clean” source of energy is a big bonus.
Durham University student studies the use of English in Primary Schools.
Chris Bowie, an undergraduate from Durham University, UK, is studying the use of English Language teaching in primary schools in Uganda for his honors research project. His research, which includes interviews with parents, teachers and students in Kasiisi Project schools, investigates how the teaching of English relates to national and cultural identity and to the Rutooro language.