Club P.A.N. was conceived by the WCF and the Conservation Group at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology's Department of Primatology. The Conservation Group is made up entirely of graduate students from the department who want to participate in conservation activities in addition to their doctoral studies. Conservation Group members who participated in the creation of Club P.A.N. are: Thomas Breuer, Julia Riedel, Mimi Arandjelovic, Claudia Borchers, Cristina Gomes, Shelly Masi, Geneviève Campbell, Caroline Deimel, Grit Schubert, Sandra Tranquilli and Yasmin Moebius.
Club P.A.N. is the brain child of Thomas Breuer and Julia Riedel. Thomas has been involved in a similar program Club Ebobo in schools around the field site at which he studies gorillas, Mbeli Bai, Republic of Congo. Julia has been involved in a cultural exchange project between German and Ivorian schools and thought that a Club Ebobo-type program in Côte d’Ivoire would be perfect. The Conservation Group approached the WCF with the Club P.A.N. concept, in order to use their framework, solid infrastructure and strong ties with the Ivorian school system (Ministère de l'éducation National: Inspection de l'enseignement Primaire de Soubré1 (CPE)) to plan and organize the activities of the education program. The WCF team in Côte d’Ivoire is running the program and organizes the logistics for the project in country. Two Ivorian nationals, Mr. Guilahoux and Mr. Ouattara (CPE), are the coordinators of the nature clubs.
Please visit the Club P.A.N. blog http://clubpan.blogspot.com to see videos and photos of Club P.A.N.'s classes and workshops since 2007 and read updates on the activities of the nature clubs.