Geingob receives wildlife postcards

29 June 2020 | Environment

STAFF REPORTER

WINDHOEK



The Legal Assistance Centre (LAC) last week handed over 160 postcards written by learners from the Zambezi and Khomas regions to President Hage Geingob and First Lady Monica Geingos.

This is the third batch of postcards the LAC has delivered to State House.

The postcards and the film Baxu and the Giants are part of the LAC's project on collected wildlife crime cases from all courts, for research and training of magistrates and prosecutors on wildlife crime.

The LAC was accompanied by the two main actors in the film, 11-year old Camilla Jo-Ann Daries from AI Steenkamp Primary School and 16-year-old Wafeeq /Narimab from Windhoek High School.

The film, commissioned by the LAC, tells the story of a young girl tackling rhino poaching in the north-west of Namibia.



Wildlife protection

In total, the LAC engaged with 10 different schools in the Zambezi Region in 2019 and 2020 over a period of three days each, teaching 500 learners about environmental and wildlife protection and wildlife protection laws.

The activities included the screening of the film, writing of the postcards, tree-planting and mural-painting. The first and second batch of postcards were delivered to State House late last year.

The LAC thanked the GIZ for the project funding, and the education ministry, especially the regional education director for Zambezi, Joy Mamili, and the Unam Katima Mulilo campus, for their support and continuous engagement.

“We are very delighted that the president encourages us to continue with our project.

“Our long-term objectives in the area of wildlife protection are manifold. First and foremost, we need to combat and reduce wildlife crime.

“Our natural resources must be used sustainably by the people, today and in the future. More specifically on the school engagement project, we hope to have wildlife management/protection included in the curriculum, across all subjects. A

“nd we hope, that all schools across Namibia will have functioning eco/wildlife clubs, which can educate and engage the wider community as well, so that all can benefit from our natural resources sustainably,” said LAC director Toni Hancox.

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