CITW Training & Awareness Sessions Kick Off

Children in the Wilderness is a non-profit organisation that is supported by Central African Wilderness Safaris in Malawi. The programme is implemented across Africa to facilitate sustainable conservation through the leadership development and education of children. Under the patronage of CAWS in Malawi, CITW Malawi hosts annual camps, training sessions and runs Eco-Clubs that continuously inspire children who live in key areas of wilderness to learn about protecting the environment whilst cultivating strong leadership skills.  August has been a busy month for CITW team members, who came together to conduct a series of training sessions and awareness programmes.

A specialised training session for CITW’s Eco-Club coordinators and teachers took place this month at Mvuu Camp and Chintheche Inn.  A total of 16 team members benefited from the training, which highlighted the CITW curriculum and three core modules that were developed by the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust. The modules cover wildlife welfare, human wildlife conflicts and wildlife crime. The teachers were also briefed on the overall CITW activity plan for the remainder of the 2016/2017 school year. CITW partnered with the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust two years ago and both organizations share their input, educational resources and help develop activities that can be used by both of their clubs and student groups.

This month, the CITW team in Chintheche conducted a planning meeting for their annual Open Day, which was attended by youth and representatives from villages, schools and organizations in Chintheche and Liwonde. The planning session brought together youth and coordinators from across the country and help them collaborate on ways to make the Open Day a successful event. This month, the CITW team also conducted two three-day village awareness campaigns, where youth from the programme were able to interview community members, understand the challenges that they face, and work together with them to come up with practical short and long term solutions.

Photo Credit: CITW Team

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