ALERT and Lion Encounter run one of our Conservation Education projects at Mukamusaba Basic School near Livingstone Airport every Wednesday afternoon. This week we continued with our current focus on Forest Management and moved from discussing threats and the scale of deforestation in Zambia, to studying tree planting and the creation of tree nurseries to reforest areas most affected by the illegal charcoal industry.
Two volunteers, two interns and staff delivered this week’s lesson.
We began by revising the children’s recent learning on threats to the forest, and the correct definitions of the terms: Deforestation, Afforestation and Reforestation.
Our task this week was to plant our own trees and understand the process and care required for successful germination. Our Interns gave every child a container containing small holes, a native tree seed and led the children to a pile of black cotton soil. Before the children could start planting their seeds they were given the following steps to follow in order for them to plant their seeds correctly:
- Step 1 - put soil in the container
- Step 2 - place the seed into the soil
- Step 3 - water the seed
Children were given a lesson on how to care for their tree, and instructed to water their container and wait for at least 7 days for the seeds to germinate. We will update you on how successful our tree growing has been! The children found this lesson exciting and it also made them proud because each and everyone planted a tree. In future when their trees begin to grow they can always point at them saying “I planted that tree”- encouraging their other friends to do the same.