Lilongwe Private School has emerged this year’s Lilongwe Wildlife Trust (LWT) quiz championship winners after outshining Chiwoko CDSS by 32 – 16 points in the grand finale of the competition held at LWT Centre on Monday.
For scooping the championship, the winners will enjoy an overnight stay at Mvuu Camp in Liwonde complete with meals, a game drive and a boat trip among other things courtesy of Central African Wilderness Safaris.
Ulendo Safaris have also offered the runners-up an overnight self-catering stay at Madzi-kuwala in Mangochi, while third-placed Chigoneka Community Day secondary School (CDSS) have been given free entry for a day visit including a game drive or walking safari to Kuti Wildlife Reserve to get close and personal with nature and environmental activities offered by Cooperazion Internazionale (CoopI).
The wildlife quiz competition final coincided with the World Environment Day celebrated internationally on June 5. It is aimed at promoting awareness on issues of safeguarding the environment and to encourage collective action for protection of the environment.
The theme for this year’s commemoration is ‘Connecting People to Nature’ and was chosen to appeal to people to appreciate its beauty and importance for sustenance of life.
Guest of honour at the quiz final was Mayor of Lilongwe, Desmond Bikoko. He said the wildlife quiz championship is one of holistic approaches adopted by the LWT in disseminating of key environmental conservation messages to the young people and the general public so that they can be inspired and engaged in the protection of Malawi’s natural heritage for posterity.
In her remarks, LWT Tourism and Conservation Manager, Genevieve Crisford, said conservation education is a big part of her organisation’s work and the quiz competition gives them a chance to spread knowledge not only to students but also their friends and families.
One of the students who took part in the competition, Chifundo Phiri, from Chiwoko CDSS, said although her school lost in the final, she and her school-mates have learnt a great deal and stand to benefit as far as nature and environmental conservation is concerned.
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