Children in the Wilderness (CITW) Botswana works with nine primary schools which are located in the areas in which Wilderness Safaris operates. Each school runs an Eco-Club, with teachers taking on the role of Eco-Mentors. At the end of each year, the top three Eco-Clubs are each awarded a floating trophy. These trophies go to the Eco-Clubs who have the best attendance of its members, commitment to the programme, projects and other initiatives completed as an Eco-Club. After much deliberation (and tough competition with our devoted Eco-Clubs), we are proud to announce the winners of 2016’s trophies:
First place – Beetsha Primary School
Beetsha Primary School managed to defend their first-place trophy in 2016. Some of the projects that Beetsha Primary School Eco-Club are excelling at, are worm farming and vegetable production. They have also created a billboard that they use to advertise to the community to keep the village clean. Beetsha Primary School managed to plant 63 indigenous trees in their school and surrounding community. These were donated by the nursery, and planted in the village and the school.
Second place – Gunotsoga Primary School
Gunotsoga Primary School also managed to defend position two. Gunotsoga planted an orchard, continued with their vegetable production, planted field crops and maintained their garden. The Eco-Club in Gunotsoga continues to grow from strength to strength.
Third place – Habu Primary School
Habu Primary School moved up one position to take third place in 2016. Habu Primary School is involved in chicken production, craft production, planting of indigenous trees donated by the nursery and vegetable production. Even though Habu Primary School was faced with the challenge of a water shortage, the Eco-Club managed to work hard to see to it that their projects ran smoothly.
CITW Botswana could not have accomplished its aims and objectives if it was not for support of the Botswana Ministry of Education. More especially, school principals from the nine schools with which we work have provided endless support for the CITW programme. As a result, CITW Botswana awarded principals with trophies too, to thank them for their ongoing assistance. CITW Botswana would like to congratulate the three schools for all of their hard work over the year. The CITW Team is looking forward to watching our 2017 heroes blossom, and seeing more outstanding projects come to fruition.