Majete Rolls Out Adventure Program

Makwale Makwale - pic by Christopher Sande

Majete Wildlife Reserve has introduced an outdoor adventure program targeting children and the youth with an aim of protecting the environment.

Majete Community Engagement Manager Dixy Makwale told Zodiak on Sunday that they believe this will encourage both parents and children to conserve natural resources including protected areas.

"More than 20 children and some youth in Chikwawa and Mwanza have spent three days here in Majete Wildlife Reserve where we provided them with environmental education," said Makwale.

Makwale thinks such initiatives are necessary in motivating surrounding communities mainly children and the youth to have passion and protecting natural resources.

He added that they want young people around Majete to develop a sense of ownership in conserving the environment including the Reserve.

He further stated that apart from the outdoor adventure program, Majete has done a lot of projects to improve lives of surrounding communities.

"We have been constructing school blocks, paying school fees for needy learners, drilling boles and promoting bee keeping for income among others.

"We are also expecting to establish irrigation facilities in some villages to make sure that villagers are food secure," said Makwale.

Kondwani Faluweki from Dzimbiri Primary School in Chikwawa and Dalitso Paul from Mwembezi Primary School in  Mwanza have commended Majete for the exposure where they had a hiking at Majete hill, sun set view spot, boat riding, swimming and imparted with environmental lessons.

I have learnt a lot of things. We climbed Majete hill, we had to swim and had various lessons on environment. I have benefited a lot," said Faluweki.

In her case Dalitso said as a young girl, she will encourage friends and parents at home to plant more trees.

"With what I have experienced here like the boat riding and the sun set view spot, I am happy and encouraged to do something so as to conserve natural resources," said Paul.

Majete Wildlife Reserve has over 12,  000 wild animals including the big five which have made the park to be a model after African Parks took over management some 17 years ago.

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