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Episode One Of The Podcast Is Now Out!

JAMMA NEWS & INSIGHTS

Episode One
Is Now Out!

News and Insights

We’re back! The Beneath the Baobab Podcast and host, Gordon Buchanan, return to explore the issue of human wildlife conflict. In this second season of the conservation and communities podcast, we will be travelling around southern Africa to meet the communities living alongside wildlife.

For the past 30 years Gordon has immersed himself in the world of documentary filmmaking, capturing narratives of the natural world, wildlife, and the intricate relationships between humans and wild animals. In an era of rapid environmental change, our interactions with certain species have become increasingly complex. Factors such as population growth, habitat loss, climate fluctuations, and policy shifts have led to a convergence of human and wildlife territories, often resulting in profound conflicts.

From simple fear to the devastation of crops and livestock, these conflicts pose not only a threat to livelihoods but also to human lives. However, amidst the turmoil, there exist stories of resilience and remarkable connections with wildlife that transcend the strife. Join us to meet the communities, the families, and the people at the very heart of the matter as we discuss the coexistence challenge Beneath the Baobab.

In our first episode, we journey to the western border of Kruger National Park, a region teeming with biodiversity and home to both iconic wildlife and resilient communities. We'll hear first hand accounts from these communities who are battling to safeguard their livelihoods.

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Our debut episode premiered on March 7th, and subsequent episodes will be released every other week until the season finale. The audio of this series can be found by searching 'Jamma International' on Spotify, or your preferred podcast platform. You can also watch the Full video on YouTube! Each episode will be released.

We’ve returned from our filming adventure, completing part 2 of Beneath the Baobab podcast and concluding the filming for season 2. Our journey has brought back stories of resilience, challenges, and triumphs which we are excited to share with you!

We’re back from filming season 2

We are delighted to announce a significant milestone in our ongoing project with the Khomani San community. The school has has successfully obtained a long-awaited certification, officially recognising it as a government-approved independent school!

Khomani San School Receives Certification

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We’re back from filming season 2

JAMMA NEWS & INSIGHTS

We're back from filming
Season 2

News and Insights

We are delighted to announce the completion of filming for the second season of Beneath the Baobab Podcast.

The production was divided into two parts, the first segment explored areas in South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana. While the second journeyed through Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Zambia. Our esteemed filming crew included Gordon Buchanan, renowned wildlife filmmaker, and the talented Olly Pemberton. They were accompanied by Katie Mackenzie, the project coordinator at Jamma International.

Throughout the production process, we had the privilege of meeting extraordinary individuals in remote regions of Africa. Their stories offered profound insights into what it means to coexist with wildlife, highlighting the complex relationship between humans and animals. Surprisingly, the attitudes towards wildlife were not as negative as one might expect...

We are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to share these captivating stories with you. For exclusive behind-the-scenes updates and information on episode releases, we encourage you to subscribe to the Jamma newsletter and follow our social media channels. Be the first to experience the remarkable firsthand accounts of individuals in season 2.

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Jamma International presents the video of Dr. Moreangels Mbizah’s conservation journey created as part of Resource Africa’s ‘Let Africans Decide’ series.
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Dr. Moreangels Mbizah’s Conservation Journey

The Beneath the Baobab Podcast and host, Gordon Buchanan, return to explore the issue of human wildlife conflict in this second season of the conservation and communities podcast, this time travelling around southern Africa to meet the communities living alongside wildlife.

Episode One Of The Podcast Is Now Out!

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‘Brain Smart’ Book Now Out!

JAMMA NEWS & INSIGHTS

'Brain Smart' Book
Now Available

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We are thrilled to share the exciting news that Agneta, our Director of Mental Wellbeing at Jamma, has recently released her debut book titled "Brain Smart."

Agneta's passion is to design life skills programmes to build capacity and resilience in people where everyone, regardless of their financial circumstances, can learn to improve their wellbeing. 

"Brain Smart" delves into the inner workings of the brain, offering invaluable insights and practical strategies to enhance mental wellbeing. Unlike traditional therapy approaches, this book serves as an educational tool, empowering readers to understand how their brain shapes thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. This 'Brain Smart' programme is being used by mental health charities and has become part of some school's curricula. It is also being developed for prisons.

Available on Kindle or as a paperback via Amazon, "Brain Smart" provides straightforward exercises and clear explanations, making it accessible to individuals from all walks of life.

so embark on a journey of self-discovery and mental empowerment with "Brain Smart" today. Your feedback is invaluable to us, so please consider leaving a review after reading!

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We are delighted to announce a significant milestone in our ongoing project with the Khomani San community. The school has has successfully obtained a long-awaited certification, officially recognising it as a government-approved independent school!

Khomani San School Receives Certification

Jamma International presents the video of Dr. Moreangels Mbizah’s conservation journey created as part of Resource Africa’s ‘Let Africans Decide’ series.
Press Release

Dr. Moreangels Mbizah’s Conservation Journey

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Beneath the Baobab Podcast Returns

JAMMA NEWS & INSIGHTS

Beneath the Baobab
Podcast Returns

News and Insights

The Beneath the Baobab Podcast returns, this time exploring the issue of human-wildlife conflict. Currently, Gordon Buchanan, Katie Mackenzie and Olly Pemberton who will be filming and directing this season's podcast are busy getting ready to travel to remote areas of Southern Africa, to speak with the communities living alongside wildlife.

The success of Season 1 of Beneath the Baobab in 2021 led to a scale up of this year’s Season 2. Our ten episodes will take place in seven countries and be filmed, as well as recorded. The theme of Beneath the Baobab Season 2 is Human-Wildlife Conflict (HWC), where we will be exploring the real-life costs of communities living with wildlife and the innovative solutions to mitigate these costs.   

As they embark on this journey, we'll be sharing exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpses and captivating stories on our social media channels. Stay connected with us as we work to produce this insightful podcast, providing a unique perspective on the intricate dynamics of human and wildlife coexistence.

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We are delighted to announce a significant milestone in our ongoing project with the Khomani San community. The school has has successfully obtained a long-awaited certification, officially recognising it as a government-approved independent school!

Khomani San School Receives Certification

The Beneath the Baobab Podcast and host, Gordon Buchanan, return to explore the issue of human wildlife conflict in this second season of the conservation and communities podcast, this time travelling around southern Africa to meet the communities living alongside wildlife.

Episode One Of The Podcast Is Now Out!

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Khomani San School Receives Certification

JAMMA NEWS & INSIGHTS

Khomani San School
Receives Certificate

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Khomani San School Receive Certification

We're excited to announce some incredible news. The school has reached a significant milestone by obtaining official government certification as an independent educational institution. This achievement marks a huge stride forward for the Khomani San community.

The Khomani San are one of the last remaining groups of the indigenous San people of South Africa, and the Khomani San school is a project that holds a special place in Jamma's heart. This Indigenous-led school boasts a curriculum deeply inspired by its roots, showcasing the rich heritage of the Khomani San people. The children at the school are not only learning subjects, but also their ancestral indigenous language, providing them with life skills and cultural dignity.

We are proud to be part of this journey, supporting the community in their quest for educational opportunities and fostering a brighter future for their children.

“We aim to provide an accessible, culturally sensitive primary school education to the Khomani San children. By integrating an up to date curriculum with traditional knowledge, we help to uplift the community by empowering future generations.” - Claire Barry, Khomani San School Programme

Jamma International presents the video of Dr. Moreangels Mbizah’s conservation journey created as part of Resource Africa’s ‘Let Africans Decide’ series.
Press Release

Dr. Moreangels Mbizah’s Conservation Journey

The Beneath the Baobab Podcast makes a comeback. The team are gearing up to film in remote areas of Southern Africa, delving into the complexities of human-wildlife conflict.

Beneath the Baobab Podcast Returns

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Life Skills

Life Skills

Life Skills

Jamma International's vision is the wellbeing of the planet and its people, and we feel passionate about supporting projects that will empower people to improve their wellbeing.

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Agneta Johansson, the Director of Wellbeing at Jamma International, has a vision to design and deliver Life Skills programmes to build capacity and resilience in both organisations and individuals.

Our initial project is 'The Brain, How it Creates our Reality and Our Behaviour', exploring how we become more resilient in every day life.

We know how to take care of our body but we know very little about how our brain works.  If you understand how the brain works, you have the ability to change your behaviour.

The first project in Life Skills being developed will focus on the brain, how it creates our reality and affects our behaviour. Not in a detailed scientific way, but in a way that can help us understand how little the brain has changed since cave men and how this can cause a lot of suffering in today's world. 

Our project will be a new approach to mental health. This knowledge about brain function and some basic skills on managing our tricky brain will be a foundation to manage our life in a more constructive day-to-day way.

It is in the brain that our lives are played out and where all our perception from the world is coming from. It is therefore very important to understand how the brain works, what is causing our mental struggle and how to take control.

 

We believe that when we understand how the brain influences our behaviour and why we sometimes feel the way we do, we can begin to take control and manage our emotions  to improve our thoughts and feelings. 

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Jamma has identified partners to develop this Life Skills training with, partners who have the same values as Jamma and a passion to deliver this knowledge to the widest possible audience to make the biggest impact.

Mental Health Innovations (MHI) is a charity that uses digital innovation, data-driven analysis and the experience of clinical experts to improve the mental health of the UK population through the provision of digital tools, support and resources.

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Training For Life is a not-for-profit training company focusing on courses in mental health. All the profits are donated to the charity Student Life. Student Life, a registered charity, supports young people’s mental health across the South East of England.

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Training for Life with Student Life have created a bespoke training package about Mental Health and Wellbeing, to be delivered as part of the RSHE curriculum for students in years 10 and 11.  The course consists of six sessions. The first four sessions cover mental health: what mental health is, the mental health continuum, depression, anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders and the support we can get around these. Session five is a Coronavirus awareness session about remaining safe and responsible even as restrictions in the UK ease. Our final session will be a session about brain functioning, which has been developed using Jamma's Life Skills manual. The aim of this session is to increase understanding of brain processing, including the threat response, and explore how this understanding can be used to improve an individuals wellbeing.

Jamma chose to partner with Training for Life and Student Life as they share our vision to work in partnership with their audience.  The Life Skills programme will be designed and develop with the young people who will receive the training, they will ensure that the knowledge and skills are presented in a way that uses language and examples that are relevant to their age group.

This training will be piloted in August 2021 and deliver the full training in schools from September 2021. 

We share the vision to make the Life Skills programmes available to the widest possible audience, and following the delivery of the project in schools, we will work with Training for Life to develop this Life Skills programme into a training package for children, young people in other age groups and adults. 

The Photography Foundation creates pathways to professional photography for less advantaged young adults in London by offering education, work experience and routes to a career in the creative industries. It’s a simple philosophy with a lasting impact for good.

Jamma is proud to support the Shoreditch-based organisation to help make society a little more equal for tomorrow’s creative visionaries. Through training programmes and community outreach, they remove barriers to entry and open up photography careers, welcoming in the next generation of diverse creative talent.
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Surrey-based Oakleaf Enterprise was founded to improve the lives of people suffering with mental health and help them return to work. Through free skills training, counselling and support, this charity works closely with individuals with mental ill-health to foster confidence, reduce social isolation and build positive futures with the help of new skills and qualifications.

Oakleaf Enterprise empowers hundreds of individuals each year to create better futures for themselves, and was named ‘Charity of the Year’ at Surrey’s Business Awards 2019.
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The Community Foundation for Surrey is a movement connecting local philanthropists with charitable organisations that help change the lives of disadvantaged individuals.

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The Community Foundation movement is based on the concept of “local help for local needs”, and highlights empowering and inspiring charities or groups to donors looking to support organisations in their area.

Jamma wholeheartedly supports the Community Foundation for Surrey (CFS) in bringing local donors together with those who are providing solutions to challenges in local communities. Grants are directed towards tackling and solving identified needs, with the funding allowing promising ideas to transform into successful realities. CFS has awarded over £15 million across Surrey to promising community initiatives in the last fifteen years.

A personalised approach to local philanthropy.

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The CFS funds hundreds of community groups every year, working in partnership with donors to fund a variety of themes. These themes include mental ill-health, training and employment, sports, the arts, youths, and the environment.

“We must work together to ensure we can continue to support our vulnerable residents” - Laura Thurlow, CEO

“Our vision is to build a strong movement of local philanthropists, connecting them with local charitable organisations to ensure that every individual in Surrey has hope.” – Community Foundation for Surrey

Transformational Business Network (TBN) works with driven entrepreneurs and investors seeking to create long-term, meaningful impact within their communities across East Africa.

By shifting the development mindset from aid to enterprise, TBN has been able to create over 1,500 jobs and unlock more than £55 million in investment finance.
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Transformational Business Network

The Photography Foundation creates pathways to professional photography for less advantaged young adults in London by offering education, work experience and routes to a career in the creative industries. It’s a simple philosophy with a lasting impact for good.

Jamma is proud to support the Shoreditch-based organisation to help make society a little more equal for tomorrow’s creative visionaries. Through training programmes and community outreach, they remove barriers to entry and open up photography careers, welcoming in the next generation of diverse creative talent.
People

The Photography Foundation

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The London Interdiscplinary School’s 2020 Summary

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The London Interdisciplinary
School's 2020 Summary

LIS IN 2020

The London Interdisciplinary School (LIS) reflects on how they adapted to Covid-19 in 2020, and how they are entering 2021 strongly.

By taking advantage of the school's nimble and resilient structure, LIS was able to adapt to 2020's numerous challenges. With their own degree awarding powers for the first undergraduate course of 100 students, LIS has secured a world-class teaching faculty and created a new curriculum focused on solving the problems of today. LIS has also been able to reach 4,483 students through digital and physical school visits, webinars, Discover Days, and mentoring which are being logged on their new digital platform called the Learning Hub. 

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We are excited to announce that Agneta, director of Mental Wellbeing at Jamma has published her first book, ‘Brain Smart’!

‘Brain Smart’ Book Now Out!

The Beneath the Baobab Podcast makes a comeback. The team are gearing up to film in remote areas of Southern Africa, delving into the complexities of human-wildlife conflict.

Beneath the Baobab Podcast Returns