CITW Zambia welcomes Sonwell Malambo to the team as the CITW teacher and Eco Club coordinator. He visits all the schools that we work with in Zambia namely Twabuka, Kamakechi, Jifumpa, Kabulwebulwe and Mapoko and has a good relationship with all teachers and head masters at these schools. Follow up visits are made to all 272 children that have participated in a CITW camp either in the Kafue National Park or at Toka Leya in Livingstone since the start of CITW in Zambia in 2007.
Eco-Clubs were successfully launched at Twabuka Primary School Zambia in June 2013. Following the success of training workshops hosted in 2013, volunteer teachers from the El Hefni Foundation, USA will again be hosting a three day workshop for nine teachers from three Zambian Schools in July 2014. The El Hefni team guides workshop participants through the process of creating dynamic Eco-Club lesson plans that are driven by physical activities, investigations and learning games.
"The teachers welcomed us into their school communities with kindness and generosity. Together we enjoyed days filled with interactive learning, stimulating conversation, and wonderful collegiality. By the end of each workshop, we had bonded so well with our teacher friends that it was hard to say goodbye."
~ Ann Johnson, US Science Teacher
The Eco-Clubs run once a week during school terms and help empower the children and their adult mentors in the villages. We have been overwhelmed by the response from the students and many projects have been undertaken by the Clubs including the planting of indigenous trees in the school grounds and the establishment of vegetable gardens. Twabuka & Simonga Primary School have a combined total of 34 students mentored by two teachers from each school.
“This is going to go a long way in aiding my experience in teaching, making work easier and worth it.” ~ Teacher Twabuka Primary School
The CITW Eco-Club Programme also includes Children’s Camps which are held annually and are an extension of the Eco-Club programme, designed to incorporate and consolidate the Club curriculum. Selected Wilderness Safari Camps close to paying guests for a short period during the wet-season so that we can host groups of children from underprivileged backgrounds on an intensive 3night/4day camp. The programme is aimed at increasing the children’s understanding and appreciation of the diversity of natural environments, whilst demonstrating the opportunities that exist for them.
In December 2013 CITW hosted 24 Primary School children and two teachers from Twabuka School in Sinde village on a CITW Children’s Camp. This is a well- structured programme and the help of Wilderness guides as mentors, is designed to increase self-esteem, teach new skills and impart knowledge. To date CITW Zambia has hosted 296 children in camps.
School & Community Projects
Staff housing at Mapoko School was completed with thanks to donor funding in December2013. Thanks to the additional accommodation provided, the School has been able to appoint another teacher thus bringing the teacher child ratio down to a more manageable number.
Sinde Village and Twabuka School near Toka Leya Camp: thanks to generous guest donations so far this year we have been able to provide the school and the centre of the village with a solar water pump and two water tanks each, a solar-powered electric fence around the school vegetable garden to keep elephants out; a playground for the village pre-school and we have completed accommodation for two teachers at the school.
In partnership with Candyce H. Stapen, a travel writer, we facilitated her donation of eleven ‘One Laptop per Child’ to Twabuka Community School. One Laptop per Child (OLPC) is a non-profit organisation founded in 2005 with the goal of transforming education by providing every child with access to a connected laptop computer, the XO laptop. Connected laptops provide a cost-effective way to create learning environments that facilitate the greatest possible development of all children. OLPC is driven by a firm belief that laptops have a unique ability to leverage children’s innate curiosity and desire to learn, to develop critical thinking skills, and to foster a lifelong love of learning.