From 13-16 May CITW Malawi, with support from Ian Strange of the UK, organised special lessons for Eco-Club children from around Liwonde National Park. In total over 80 children and 20 youth, along with nine Eco-Mentors and teachers from eight Eco-Clubs, participated at their respective Eco-Club centres. The events launched special Eco-Club lessons to assure the children that the COVID-19 pandemic will eventually be over, and that our Eco-Clubs will be back in full swing as they used to be… but that the children needed to take part in fight against the virus.
In the photos Chifundo Nyambalo is teaching children how to make a simple Tippy-Tap (the safest way to wash hands in the communities). Chifundo joined CITW some 13 years ago and was a committed member of the Eco-Club programme, and later on a member of a CITW Youth Environmental Stewardship (YES) Club. He trained and has worked as a safari guide in Liwonde National Park for over five years. During the events, he was one of the youths who volunteered to help the teachers to facilitate the lessons.
The lessons included:
- COVID-19 and keeping safe
- Telling friends about COVID-19
- Keeping our homes safe from COVID-19
- Food and nutrition for natural defence
- One day there could be medicine from trees to treat COVID-19
- Importance of keeping our forests growing
Hand cleaning was emphasised, as one of the main measures of controlling the spread of COVID-19.
Report by Symon Chibaka