Besa Kaoma - Environment Education Mgr
Besa with the students
Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ) is committed to the protection of wildlife in the Lower Zambezi region of Zambia.
Following a number of visits to witness their work first hand, we were particariulry impressed with their conservation education programme. They have a wonderful education centre located at their riverside headquarters and the programme reaches out to school children and teachers from communities that surround the Lower Zambezi National Park.
CLZ host six school visits a year where 24 children and four teachers from each project area are invited to spend three nights and two days at CLZ’s Environmental Education Centre based just outside the National Park. During the visit children engage in various lessons and activities, which revolve around a number of conservation topics, including sustainable fishing methods, HIV/AIDS and wildlife trafficking. In addition, children and teachers are taken into the Lower Zambezi National Park on game drives and boat cruises to interact and learn about wildlife on a more personal and positive level.
Each year a select number of students are selected by CLZ for their exemplary aptitude and interest in conservation and then CLZ seek full scholarships for them on the basis that they will continue their conservation studies alongside their normal school studies. OAT agreed to sponsor six such scholars and we are delighted with their progress. We are hopeful that these children will go on to become our conservation heroes of the future and on their journey, will inspire many other scholars to follow in their footsteps. The overall aim of CLZ's education programme is to raise awareness and build a generation of local community members that take pride in Zambia’s natural heritage and feel responsible for its protection.
What Conservation Lower Zambezi does
specialised law enforcement units
detection and dog tracking units
investigation and intelligence units
Wildlife re-introduction & research
How Olsen Animal Trust helps
Fund a three-year scholarship program for eight pupils showing aptitude for conservation
Sponsor a multi-day school group visit to CLZ Environmental Education Centre
Contribute to a student undertaking a ranger course
Part-sponsor community sports days to raise conservation awareness
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Students on their boat safari
Children are invited to join an after school conservation club, run by CLZ. 6 times a year, 24 of these students, selected for their interest and aptitude in conservation, are invited to attend a 2 day program run at CLZ's education centre. After a morning of conservation lessons, the children participate in a 2 hour boat ride or wildlife drive so that they can see the wonderful wildlife within the Lower Zambezi National Park.
Students on land safari
During CLZ's conservation program the children are given the opportunity to go on a wildlife drive. They get the chance to see some of Africa's most iconic wildlife which most of them have never seen before. As part of this two day programme, they also stay onsite in comfortable accommodation, and enjoy healthy vegetarian meals and hot showers.
David's passion is to become a Game Ranger and to help protect the environment and wildlife of the Lower Zambezi. He was struggling with his studies due to a lack of course material. OAT supplied Dave with everything he needed to better enable him to pass his exams next time round.
Dave Higgs & the male students
Dave, our OATOKE, pictured here with three of the eight OAT sponsored scholars, Mathews, Lanos and Patrick. These boys were especially chosen after showing passion and aptitude for wildlife conservation and for their good attendance to CLZ's after school club.
OAT currently sponsor three students with a high school education scholarship. Dave, our OATOKE met the scholars at their school and spent time chatting to them and reading though their notebooks. They also enjoyed the biscuits provided during the process, as well as wearing their new OAT caps!
The eight students OAT sponsor
These are the eight students OAT sponsor. It's hugely satisfying for us to receive regular news on how well all the students are doing. We have high hopes that they will find successful careers in the world of conservation in the future, which will be to everyone's benefit, not least, Africa's precious wildlife.
For further information on the work of Conservation Lower Zambezi please visit www.conservationlowerzambezi.org