A lesson in culture
April 16 2014

Last Saturday, Lion Encounter staff and volunteers arrived at Natebe Primary School in Livingstone just in time for another exciting session at the Kids Club. Two volunteers, Roger and Florianne, were in charge of conducting the lesson to teach the students about their native countries of Canada and Belgium.

The volunteers had prepared a colourful Powerpoint presentation which included a lot of pictures, which always grabs the children’s interest.  This lesson enabled the students to appreciate the diversity of life in Canada and Belgium and how differently people live in these two countries compared to in Zambia.

The highlight of the session was a language lesson, during which the students were taught about the languages spoken in Belgium and were encouraged to practice a selection of basic words.  Some of the children struggled to pronounce any of the words in French or Dutch, but still delighted in having a go.  An enjoyable lesson was had by all.

The children from Mukamusaba Conservation Club have been learning about exotic and indigenous plants and animals, having previously covered the topic of genetics.  The lesson was taught by the Murphy family; Mum, Dad and two sons, who were volunteering at Lion Encounter that week.  It was very encouraging to see a good number of students in attendance, even though the normal school day ended at midday and the lesson didn’t start until 3pm.

During the session, the children learnt about different animals and plants and whether they are indigenous (native to the area) or exotic (non-native).  They also looked at invasive species and why they are detrimental to the environment. To close the lesson, the students were given tips on what they can do to help preserve indigenous plants and animals and to get rid of invasive plant species.  The lesson was well delivered by the Murphy family and the children appeared to have enjoyed it.

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