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Wildlife Environment Society of Malawi-WESM has emphasized the importance of engaging students in the fight against wildlife crimes.
The remarks follow a series of trainings which WESM is currently conducting in schools surrounding Kasungu national park.
Speaking to Newsline, WESM Kasungu Field coordinator Charles Beni said using students as agents to educate the general public can greatly have a positive impact on wildlife and environmental conservation.
Beni said the trainings are aimed at providing environmental education to learners to understand the concept of conservation and remind them of the trends of wildlife.
The students were also reminded on how elephants population have been depleted from two thousand to hundred elephants over the past decades.
Among others, the students were encouraged to write wildlife articles which will be published in newspapers and WESM newsletters.
WESM-Lilongwe branch is implementing a project called Biodaversity conservation through community engagement in Kasungu.
The project is aimed at building capacity of communities and schools surrounding protected areas in the district.