Excited children from Luangwa District flew with Proflight Zambia to the Lower Zambezi on Friday (May 20) to learn about wildlife and the importance of conserving the environment for future generations.
The country’s leading scheduled airline enabled 24 children and four teachers from various government schools in Luangwa to undertake a three-day wildlife and environmental conservation education programme given by Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ) being conducted over the weekend.
Besa Kaoma Environmental Education Manager for CLZ explained that during three days, the children would learn how to preserve wildlife, the environment and the natural resources that surround them while also going into the national park on game drives and boat cruises.
“Proflight provided three aircraft to pick up the children and the teachers from Feira airstrip in Luangwa to reach their destination in the Lower Zambezi. The trip that could have lasted more than 14 hours of travelling, only took 30 minutes, hence we as CLZ are happy and proud to give a huge thanks to Proflight and the pilots for flying the kids safely again this year to Lower Zambezi as they also did last year by sponsoring the return trip,” said Mr Kaoma.
The children need to be responsible while they are still in school, as they are the custodians of their natural resources and wildlife, he added.
“Proflight understands the close synergy between wildlife, conservation, education, and tourism,” said Proflight Director of Government and Industry Affairs Capt. Philip Lemba. “As an airline we care passionately about the conservation of our natural resources, and the importance of imparting that passion to the younger generation; flying with Proflight was a thrill they will never forget, and hopefully it will instill that passion in them.”
The support being showed by Proflight has increased, encouraged and motivated a lot of schools in Luangwa to participate in educating their pupils through setting up Conservation Clubs, explained Lweendo Sindaza, a teacher at Katondwe Primary School.
The schools taking Part were Luangwa Primary, Luangwa Feira, Mwavi Primary, Katondwe Primary, Mankhokwe Primary, Janeiro Primary and Kaunga Secondary Schools.