Children in the Wilderness (CITW) Botswana had a tremendous opportunity of hosting two representatives from UNICEF on the 12th March to the 13th March 2018. UNICEF was keen to see the projects which we run or are involved with, which better the life of a child. They stated that it is not only for the government entities to take responsibilities in ensuring the wellbeing of the children, but rather a collective effort to ensure that these children are the future custodians of our pristine wilderness areas. This was all part of UNICEF’s field trip to the North West district of Botswana, to investigate how the private sectors are doing their part or playing a positive role in the education and wellbeing of children in this region.
The CITW team took Julianna Lindsay and Tuduetso, the representatives from UNICEF, to Shashe Primary School for them to meet the Adult Empowerment Club. The Club met the guests, accompanied by our Eco-Club teachers, Mrs. Maeze, Mrs. Tsie and Ms. Mosimanyana, and presented the projects with which they’re involved, from knitting, to basketry and weaving, bead work and so on. They also gave a brief background of the Club. In presenting their role with their children and CITW, they mentioned that they are currently working hand in hand with the Eco-Club members to impart skills to them.
On the 13th the journey continued with our guests meeting the Eco-Club members together with their Eco-Club Coordinators and Teachers. The Eco-Club members did a presentation of their projects and they also presented on what they are learning in camps. Listening to the Eco-Club Mentors it showed that what they are being taught in camp, has had a great impact in their lives. They were sharing their knowledge about the environment with their guests. Kaone and Sharon, two of our Eco-Club Members, took the guests to their worm farm to show them how they take care of them and what they use them for.
CITW Botswana would like to thank Shashe Primary School Head and Teachers, the Ministry of Education and parents for all the support which they gave CITW Botswana during the visit of the UNICEF Representatives.