Relationship between Demographic Factors and Community Participation in Environmental Education Activities in Tanzania

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Author(s) Dr.Joseph Manase
Pages 198-207
Volume 5
Issue 5
Date May, 2016
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Studies about the environment have been carried out for many years but environmental welbeing has continued to be a global challenge. This study aimed at assessing the perception of the community towards the effectiveness of environmental education initiatives in Tanzania. The Objectives of this study were to: assess community perception on the Organization, relevance and outcomes of EE; determine the relationship between demographic factors and community perceptions on the effectiveness of EE in combating deforestation. The study employed behaviourism theory for capturing people’s perception. Cross-sectional research design was employed together with quantitative approach. Systematic random sampling was used to select a sample of 120 respondents. Structured attitude test likert scale questionnaire was employed during data collection process while ANOVA model was used for data analysis. Findings reveal that, the general community perception towards the effectiveness of EE initiatives in Morogoro was negative. Demographic variables such as income level, education, household size as well as location of the community have significant relationship with community perception on the effectiveness of EE initiatives in Morogoro. It was recommended that, intervention should be made to change the community’s negative perception to positive.

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