Conservation Club students from at Primary Schools on the border of Hwange National Park that we have partnered with absolutely thrived in a competition challenging them to care for a sapling fruit tree for a full year. Funds for school fees were given as prizes to the winners.
Last year we gave out fruit trees to students in the Conservation Clubs in Primary Schools we work with in the Hwange Area. We challenged them to take good care of the saplings and stand a chance to win a scholarship for the entire year.
At this year’s National Tree Planting Day in Zimbabwe, the 1st Saturday of every December, the winners for the competition were announced after close inspection of their trees. The students did sooooo well and the competition was so tough that we decided to offer 3 awards instead; one for a full year scholarship, another for a two-term scholarship and one more to cover a child’s school fees for one term. We included some stationary equipment for the winners too.
A great big thank you goes to the Forestry Commission of Zimbabwe representative, Graham, and Mr Nyathi from Painted Dog Conservation for helping with the adjudication. More trees were planted at a National Tree Planting Day ceremony this year, at Sir Roy Welensky Primary School in Dete, Zimbabwe. The school year ended on a high note for the students in the conservation clubs!