Group courts students in environmental conservation drive


The Polytechnic-based environmental conservation organisation, Youth for Environmental Justice, has called for the active involvement of young people in various environmental conservation programmes if the initiatives are to bear the targeted fruits.

Youth for Environmental Justice Chairperson, Prince Matchika, said this on Friday when members of the organisation visited Zingwangwa Secondary School in Blantyre.

Matchika said the grouping which is working in partnership with Blantyre City Council (BCC) is targeting secondary schools in its clean and green initiative.


“We just thought of being part of what Blantyre City Council is doing in keeping the city clean and green. So, we thought of involving our fellow youths because as you know the larger part of the population comprises the youth. We think the dream of Blantyre city council will be realised if a lot of young people are involved in the initiative.

“Our target is secondary school students. We have a feeling that if we teach them today they will grow up with such a mentality and in the end we will have cleanliness in our environment.

One of the teachers at Zingwangwa Secondary school, Mercy Mseki, said the school teachers and students were grateful that the Polytechnic students thought of including the school as one of the initiatives’ pioneer beneficiaries.


“It is a great thing that they chose our school. These students from the Polytechnic have encouraged our students to clean the school environment. The brooms and the dust bins which they have brought will help the students to continue with the clean and green initiative,” Mseki said.

Both School head prefect Feston Kachima and sanitation prefect Chifundo Mauluka said the students had learnt a lot during the short period they interacted with Youth for Environmental Justice members.

The two prefects pledged to encourage their fellow students in keeping the clean and green school and city dream alive.

The grouping also donated dust bins and brooms to the school.

Youth for Environmental Justice is a grouping of Polytechnic students who have passion for environmental conservation. They have so far visited Chichiri and Zingwangwa secondary schools.

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