Change 4Us to Plant Trees in Thyolo Primary Schools

Learners planting the trees Learners planting the trees - pic by Luka Beston

Concerned with the damage on education infrastructure caused by cyclones in Thyolo, a local youth organization, Change 4Us, has initiated a tree planting exercise in the 10 affected primary schools.

Speaking after the launch at Nachipere Primary school yesterday, the organisation's executive director Kondwani Mwendo Phiri thinks lack of vegetation to act as wind break  contributed to the damage of many classroom blocks in the district.

Phiri says each school will plant 50 trees and rewarded for caring them to grow.

"We think the cyclones affected these schools because they had no proper vegetation which would act as wind break. We are now trying to instill in the learners the culture of caring for our trees. We have opened clubs in schools so that the learners have knowledge on this," he said.

The school's permaculture club patron Victor Puruma, says involving learners in the initiative will help the trees to grow, adding they will be watering them even during the holiday so that they do not die.

"Though we are closing tomorrow, we will tell some learners to be coming and watering them. We will also engage parents during the closure to ensure they care for the trees," Puruma said.

He agreed that having more trees around can help to avert the effects of climate change.

The organisation is expected to plant a total of 1, 000 Mibawa trees this year in conjunction with other youth entities such as Replace Fruit Tree, Mulanje Organisation and Woodlot Nursery.

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