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May 21 2014

Children from the Maunga Kids Club in Livingstone have had another exciting lesson during which they learned about the universe.  They were taught about planets, stars, the moon and the sun, and about Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.  This lesson was interesting for the children and they were keen to go outside to show off what they had learned.  They were looking forward to when it got dark that night, so that they could point out the moon and stars to their families. 

A highlight of the day was when the children received donated items of clothing that Lion Encounter had been collecting from generous volunteers and members of staff.  There were sufficient donations to ensure that each child was given something to wear.  The Head Teacher of Maunga Primary School was present to witness the occasion and conveyed his gratitude for the kind gesture shown to his students.

Our heartfelt thanks go to everyone who contributed to this much appreciated donation.

Here is an update on the progress of children from the Mukamusaba Conservation Education Club, who sat a test recently.  The results are in and - out of 20 students who took part - 15 of them achieved higher than the pass mark of 40%.  One child even managed 100%, with others close behind in the 90s, 80s, 70s and many more gaining over 60%.

Having been given their results, the students went through a short revision of the test, before starting on a new topic.  This week, the subject was soil. 

The children learned that soil typically consists of a mixture of organic remains, clay and rock particles and is the upper layer of the earth where plants grow. They were taught about the four important functions of soil:

  • As a medium for plant growth
  • As a means of water storage, supply and purification
  • As a modifier of the atmosphere
  • As a habitat for organisms that aid decomposition and the creation of nutrients

The lesson went on to cover the three different types of soil; clay, sand and silt.  As agriculture is an important source of income in Zambia, the students were particularly interested to discover that loam soil, a mixture of all the three, is the best soil for farming.  This soil provides important nourishment to plants and animals by converting dead organic matter into nutrients and holds plenty of moisture but also drains well, so that sufficient air can reach the roots of vegetation.

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