World Wildlife Day is celebrated annually on the 3rd of March in support of animals and plants across the world.  The UN General Assembly has reaffirmed the natural value of wildlife and its various contributions – including ecological, genetic, social, economic, scientific, educational, cultural, recreational and aesthetic – to sustainable development and human wellbeing!

This year, World Wildlife Day is being celebrated through the theme “Partnerships for wildlife conservation”, honouring the people who are making a difference on a large scale – or in our case, through a few children, Eco-Clubs or schools.

With this, CITW Zambezi would like to highlight the incredible work that our Eco-Mentors are doing to raise awareness of the extraordinary diversity of wildlife that we have today on our planet by playing a crucial role in the environmental and conservation education that our Eco-Club members receive. With 59 Eco-Clubs across Zimbabwe and Zambia, 118 Eco-Mentors and over 1,500 Eco-Club members, CITW acknowledges that it is essential to educate people on how we can help conserve the planet to continue to provide for future generations!

Whilst the wildlife of our planet deserves constant attention, it’s great to celebrate World Wildlife Day with our students in our partner schools, and provide them with the opportunity to learn about how animals rely on our support, and vice versa. This has been a major theme throughout many of our clubs’ lessons over the last two weeks, with the topic covered being “Food chains & webs, and the web of life”. This lesson focused on learning about ecosystems and the interconnectedness of all living things, and the environment within food chains and food webs – as well as understanding the web of life, with a huge focus on how everything in the environment is connected.

We look forward to watching our Eco-Clubs grow, evolve and learn throughout the coming year, and are positive that the knowledge and understanding our Eco-Club members are gaining will have a lasting positive effect on the natural environment that surrounds them.

“Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events of their lives”. – Thomas Berry.

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