Franco Mwachande Jnr
Rotary club of Lilongwe (RCL), has planted over 1 800 trees at Chatata Primary School in Lilongwe as part of their contribution to this year’s tree- planting programme.
Speaking after the exercise on Tuesday, RCL President Margaret Sikwese said they targeted the primary school as a way of educating learners to care for the trees.
Sikwese encouraged the learners to continue having interest in the environment and being active in activities such as tree planting. At the same time, to ensure that the trees do not die by watering them if there are no rains.
“We usually,organises tree planting activities every year because it is one of the rotary areas of focus. So as for this year’s theme for the National forestry season is “Restore degraded foreat landscapes for livelihoods security”, hence we know that by planting trees, we will contribute to restoration of degraded forest landscapes as well as secure livelihoods.
She adds: “We believe by involving learners in such activities they will have the mentality of taking care of the environment while they are young. It was exciting to find that at Chatata, they already have a Climate Change Club whereby the learners learn more about the environment.”
Chatata Primary School Head Teacher Dishon Lungu assured the Rotarians that his students will protect the trees being planted..
“As a Head teacher I am very happy and even the community is happy because this initiative is not only going to benefit this school but the entire community as well.
Apart from Chatata Primary school, some Rotarians also led pupils in a tree planting exercise at Likuni Primary School which was led by Immediate Past President Vincent Sikelo.
Every season, RCL plants 150 000 tree seedlings for both indigenous and fruit trees.