Symon Chibaka, our Programme Coordinator from Malawi, reported back on Malawi’s Eco-Club activities for the first quarter. From tree planting, to exchange trips, to projects on engineering and art, the stand out had to be the celebration of World Wildlife Day.
Each Region received the Children in the Wilderness lesson plan on World Wildlife Day, and implemented it in their Eco-Clubs during the week of World Wildlife Day. The lesson involved theoretical background into World Wildlife Day, as well as on this year’s theme which was Big Cats. Children learnt about the threats our beautiful predators are facing, which are mostly caused by human activities. Overall, their populations are declining at a disturbing rate due to loss of habitat and prey, conflicts with people, poaching and illegal trade.
In order to gain practical experience after the theory lesson, the children played a game highlighting human-wildlife conflict. They were also encouraged to put skits together where they interpreted what they’d learnt during the lesson, and the children took it very seriously: