When word spread from Cool Earth’s neighbouring Gadaisu partnership of an organisation that was helping them to protect their forest, Sololo were determined to form a partnership of their own. Key community members reached out to Cool Earth with the hope to do just that.
Rainforest communities often face barriers to progress that must be addressed before effective conservation can take place. In Sololo, the lack of education and high illiteracy rates had left the community vulnerable to exploitation and unable to develop sustainable income sources.
Cool Earth continues to work with Sololo to address these challenges. Empowered, self-sustaining communities will help ensure forest is protected from external threats and plans can be made for the future that benefits people and the forest.
I am privileged to attend the adult literacy class. I am happy and eager to learn new things. […] After I finished this school, I want to continue my education, I want to go on doing more life skills training to equip myself to do better in my community’ – George Jerry, Sololo
“When we’re working together with other partners it’s positive for us because we can share experiences and see what strategies we can use. The experiences that Cool Earth has had in other countries can be used here.” Filimonio Felizardo, Legado, Mozambique
Illiteracy is not just a lack of basic skills, it’s the deprivation of a chance to decide people’s own futures.
Being able to read and understand proposals from loggers will help both women and men to make shared decisions about their land without elite capture. It aims to ensure people are equipped with the skills required to decide collectively how to manage their land and protect their forest.
If rainforest communities are to withstand climate threats and protect their trees, they need to be empowered to do so.…Read More Education in Sololo | Opening up Opportunities