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As part of the education outreach program, Mpala invites and hosts at least 12 groups of primary school pupils every year.
These schoolchildren are drawn from the Northern Kenya Conservation Clubs (NKCC) within the region. Each class consists of at least 30 pupils accompanied by two teachers. Schools are equipped with a curriculum developed with help and resources from Explore.org, Kenya Wildlife Service, and Princeton University among others. The lesson plans, adapted for both Kenya and United States curriculum, are free and have been made available online for teachers and students by the MpalaLive program.
During the trips to Mpala Research Centre, a conservation club coordinator grants a guided tour that includes a visit to the live cameras control room before heading out for a game drive. At the hippo pool, pupils see their classroom lessons come alive.