An Update on Conservation Education in Victoria Falls
July 12 2016

Conservation education for the pupils at Chamabondo Primary School continues, with a focus on insects, water, life cycles and pollution.

The lesson on insects involved drawing an outline of an insect on the board and differentiating them from arachnids, such as spiders and scorpions.  The pupils went on to learn about the roles of insects in ecosystems and their benefits to us humans.  Taking into consideration that many of the children eat insects as part of their diet, they were also taught about conservative methods of harvesting insects.  

The motto for the lesson about water was that “Water is life”, focussing much on how plants and animals make use of water.  The pupils also learnt about threats to fresh water sources such as pollution and the siltation of dams, and how to conserve water in their daily lives. 

Two example cycles were taught to pupils during the next lesson; the water cycle and the insect life cycle.  The children were tasked with building each of the cycles by using a set of words that represented a step in each cycle.  Having completed the task, the students discussed what would happen if one of the steps in the process was removed.  For example, in the water cycle the student representing the cloud stage was removed (simulating the actions of the wind), giving an opportunity to learn why evaporation can take place in one location, but then the rain falls at another different location.

For the final lesson, students discussed the main types of pollution; air, water and land.  Students discussed types of pollutants and their effects on the ecosystem.  Teaching led to discussions of how to mitigate pollution, with the key take-away phrase being ‘Reuse, Recycle and Reduce’. 

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