CITW Zambia Project Coordinator James Mwanza updates us on the latest happenings from his region…
Zambia Eco-Club Teacher Training
Five Zambian schools benefited from eco-club training organised by CITW and facilitated by the El-Hefni Training Foundation. The highly practical training was centred on eco-club mentors in five schools in Livingstone, namely Twabuka Primary School, Nalituwe Secondary School, Holy Cross Basic School, Simoonga Basic School and Lupani Primary School.The training also attracted the school administration (head teachers) to help in the planning and management of eco-club activities. The training is tailored in a manner that promotes learning through interaction. At the end of the training participants were provided with monitoring sheets to help record all activities conducted in the schools.
Kabulwebulwe Eco-Club members happy with 2015 Camp
CITW has been working in Zambia for over 10 years now. CITW supports eco-club activities in areas close to Wilderness Safaris camps. Currently the programme is implemented in Kafue National Park schools, namely Kabulwebulwe and Mapoko, as well as Livingstone and Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park at Twabuka, Nalituwe, Simoonga, Lupani and Holy Cross Schools.
The children are being exposed to nature through various programmes like game drives and educational tours as well as through camps. Every year the Wilderness camps close for at least three to five days to give local children the chance to interact with nature and learn various skills including leadership. Through this programme future leaders are identified, nurtured and mentored and in that way conservation and environmental management can be achieved.
This year a camp has been planned for November for the Kafue schools and December for the Livingstone schools. This was announced to the eco-club mentors and members during the support visit by the CITW coordinator for Zambia.
In order to make the programme sustainable and beneficial each eco-club elects its own committee to manage the eco-club activities. In that way leadership abilities can be identified.
Below is the picture of eco-club members for Kabulwebulwe Primary School in Mumbwa, Central Province of Zambia on the periphery of Kafue National Park. A total of 37 members were recruited.
Wilderness Safaris Rebuilds a Teacher’s House at Mapoko
CITW implemented a community project supported by Wilderness Safaris for the reconstruction of the teacher’s house after it was damaged by heavy winds. The construction was supported by Andrea Bolt at an approximate cost of $7,000. The house project was completed on 31st July 2015 and the Deputy Head Teacher occupied the house same day!
By James Mwanza