Making learning fun
January 31 2014

Our community clubs in local schools in Livingstone have got off to a good start this year.

The Maunga Kids Club managed to escape the current rainy season in Zambia with a dry Saturday in which to learn and play.  The topic was flowers and the children were taught about the role they play in the lives of people in different parts of the world.  They learned that in Western countries, lilies are associated with funerals; symbolising the soul of the deceased, while orchids express love, luxury, beauty and strength.  As flowers do not often hold particular significance in Africa, this subject was of great interest to the students.

After the lesson, the children played games outside.  A particular favourite, ‘What is the time Mr Fox?’ hadn’t been played for quite some time, so the children and community volunteers particularly it.  The Kids Club is always well attended every Saturday, as it offers the children a good mix of work and fun in their leisure time.

The Natebe Kids Club is also popular with local children.  Last week, students there learned about the world around them; different continents and the people who live in them.  Three volunteers, Charles from the United Kingdom, Lina from Sweden and Louisa from America, conducted the lesson and each taught about different continents.   

Having covered the other six continents first, the students were able to ask questions about their own continent, Africa.  It became apparent that they had very little knowledge of where they live. They were fascinated to discover that Africa is the second largest continent in the world, with 54 countries and over one billion people, but the highlight of the lesson was definitely learning about the Egyptian pyramids.  Hearing that they were where the pharaohs were put to rest, they excitedly compared the pyramids to the village huts where some of them live.  

As with the Maunga Kids Club, the lesson was rounded off with the chance to play outside and let off some steam.  Another successful Saturday.

The Conservation Education Club at Mukamusaba School continues to attract new students each week.We believe that this is a positive indication that members are spreading the word to their schoolmates about how much they enjoy attending these sessions.

Just last week, four new pupils joined the class.The topic was the wildlife trade and two Lion Encounter volunteers, Lisa and Annie from Sweden, delivered a very informative lesson.One of the sub-topics covered was poaching and why it is illegal.It was interesting to discover that some of the children thought that poaching was a legal and normal thing to do.As the school is close to the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, the children were particularly interested to learn that the most common type of poaching practiced in the Park is the use of wire snares to trap wildlife. When asked if they would like to be part of the Victoria Falls Anti-poaching Unit’s snare removal activity when they were older, the answer was a resounding ‘yes’. By educating children about the need to preserve and protect their environmental and wildlife heritage, it is hoped that they will become part of a generation of future conservationists in Africa.

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