The inaugural Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park Clean-Up Day held last Monday in Zambia was a huge success and is something that the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) hopes to continue as an annual event. CITW works with the DNPW on several projects and programmes that are run in Zambia, and the CITW team from Zimbabwe recently spent a day in Zambia getting to better know those involved so that positive relationships can be built. Building partnerships on both sides of the Zambezi will lead to more collaborative projects and positive outcomes for all those involved.
The clean-up was organised by the DNPW as a way to involve and educate school children and the local community about the importance of a clean and healthy environment. At Monday’s event, three schools from around Livingstone took part, with around 100 school children getting involved. After the clean-up, the representative from the DNPW talked to the students about the importance of a clean and healthy environment, for their sake and that of animals that live in the national park. The students were also told about the importance of wildlife to the nation and the rest of the world, with an emphasis on the importance of conserving wildlife for future generations.
As CITW continues to work with the DNPW and expand on the number of projects undertaken collaboratively, we look forward to working more closely with them to get more children involved in environment-related projects and increase students’ exposure to environmental education.