As a part of mentoring youths on environmental conservation and imparting knowledge on how they can take care of endangered mammals, young people in Kasungu have been trained on ecosystem and biodiversity so that they should take a leading role in conserving endangered species conservation.
Kasungu-based youth led community organization NatureKit conducted a five-day workshop at Kasungu National Park in Kasungu.
Speaking during the closing day of the workshop on Friday, NatureKit Programmes Manager Nebart Mtika said youths were trained on how they can take care of endangered mammals such as elephants, lions and pangolins. He added that the attendees were equipped with knowledge and skills on how they can teach others in schools and other places and be able to provide awareness on environmental and endangered species conservation.
He said the workshop was as important to the students as it increased their environmental knowledge level.
” We believe that this workshop is very important to these youths because it will promote favourable environmental attitudes, enforcing environmental awareness, changing environmental behaviors among them and eventually supporting active participation in the solutions of environmental problems”, said Mtika.
Mtika said the government is doing enough in protecting the environment as well as the endangered species giving examples of laws that are being Implemented to support environmental education. He said the only problem is people are not able to understand environmental issues and do not take part in environmental conservation issues as they lack information on why is it important to take care the environment.
“We are glad that the government is doing enough in protecting the environment as indicated by the laws that are being Implemented. The only problem we have to fill is spreading information about the importance of conserving the environment since many lack this information and others they do follow misconceptions. This is why we have NatureKit to fill such gaps as government cannot do everything alone,” he said.
He added that Malawi as country need to make sure that youths and communities are educated on issues concerning wildlife saying when people are well educated on environmental issues, they will automatically enforce collective action in conservation. He said the laws also need to be intensified so as to deal with those being involved in illegal activities.
He further said that Naturekit’s goal is to reach out to many schools and ensure that many youths are part of the program.
“We need to reach out to many in schools with our program and ensure that many youths are part of the program. We would like to have a generation which have sufficient knowledge and understanding on conservation and encourage youth participation in environmental conservation,” said Mtika.
In his remarks, Patron for Linyangwa Community Day Secondary School Oswald Katenga commended NatureKit for the workshop saying it is very important to the youths particularly students in as far as the endangered species are concerned.
“It will help students to be aware about the importance of wildlife as well as the endangered species the pangolins, elephants and lions. This will make students to become responsible in conserving the Wildlife and teaching their fellows about it”, said Katenga.
One of the students who attended the workshop Mervis George, who is in form 3 at Linyangwa Community Day Secondary School, commended NatureKit for conducting the workshop saying it has helped him to learn more about how to conserve the wildlife.
“This workshop has helped me to learn more about how to conserve the wildlife and we have seen that wildlife has strong benefits to human beings. I have learnt about how to conserve endangered species and how can I provide awareness to my fellow students at school, teaching them how to conserve the endangered mammals,” Said Mervis.
The workshop was made possible through funding from Crowder Messersmith conservation Fund.