Solar lights and the importance of the environment as seen by an Eco-Club Member, Zimbabwe

Eco-Club lessons are making a lasting impression on Eco-Club members and a scholarship programme student. Monwabisi Dlamini, a Grade 7 student at Ngamo Primary School, wrote a strong letter stating why he wants to protect the environment. See his letter below 🙂

Monwabisi talks about the importance of the environment for survival. He states that it “gives us food like meat, fresh vegetables and fruit” as well as oxygen from plants and resources to use for shelter, furniture, and clothing. He also identifies the importance of natural resources in bringing foreign currency into the country from tourism.

Monwabisi demonstrates a strong understanding of why the environment needs to be protected, stating aptly: “Destroying the environment is destroying our lives”. As a recipient of a Lights for Literacy solar light, he knows that the light is environmentally friendly and uses it at night to help him study and do his work better. Likewise, other students have been using their lights to study. As many have to walk long distances to and from school, by the time they get home at the end of the day and complete their chores, it is often dark before they get a chance to start their homework. Thus, having the lights is hugely helpful in these isolated rural areas where there is no electricity, as they give students an opportunity to do their best with their school work.

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