CITW ponders more conservation clubs

FRANCISTOWN: The programme manager of Children in the Wilderness (CITW), Lesego Moiteela, has said they were thinking of opening more environmental conservation clubs in rural communities in which they work within.

One of the main aims of the environmental conservation clubs is to teach children how to conserve the environment and impart leadership skills to the children from a young age.

Speaking to Mmegi on the sidelines of Wilderness Safaris stakeholder engagement dinner at Marang Hotel on Tuesday night, Moiteela said that funds permitting, their wish is to open more Eco-Clubs around the country in places like Sowa Town and Orapa where there are wildlife activities.

“We want children to be the custodians of their environment and restore the environment that has diminished. We continue to support 4,500 children in Botswana.

We need your support to sustain the programme. We have engaged many stakeholders and government through the Ministry of Basic Education to offer a curriculum that has a component of environmental conservation,” Moiteela said.

At the same gathering, Into the Okavango, was shown to the attendees. The National Geographic documentary film  chronicles a team of modern-day explorers on their first epic four-month, 1,500-mile expedition across three countries (Angola, Namibia and Botswana) to save the river system that feeds the Okavango Delta, one of the planet’s last wetland wildernesses.

The film was recently awarded the coveted National Geographic Explorer of the Year Award at a ceremony held at George Washington University in Washington, United States of America.

People who attended the premiere of the documentary heard that the purpose of exploration was to find out where the Okavango Delta originated and why its water levels are reducing.

The event organisers stated that plans were at an advanced stage to show the documentary in some parts of Botswana starting in Gaborone in the near future.

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