Blantyre urban district education manager (DEM) Evelyn Mjima has underscored the need to involve primary school pupils in environmental conservation programmes to counter climate change.
The DEM made the remarks on Friday at a children’s tree-planting awareness programme for primary schools in Blantyre Urban at Robin’s Park hall in Blantyre.
As part of the programme, pupils from selected schools in Blantyre Urban took part in a big- walk from Kamuzu Stadium upper ground to Robin’s Park where they performed various activities.
In an interview on the sidelines of the event, Mjima said it is important to involve pupils as they easily practise what they are taught and they internalise it as they grow.
“Involving pupils is the way to go because they will be ambassadors of climate justice. Children are always eager to practise whatever they learn,” she said.
In a separate interview, Blantyre City Council assistant director in the Department of Leisure, Culture and Environmental Services Ackley Kananji also stressed the need to involve pupils in various initiatives that will benefit future generations.
On his part, Blantyre district forestry officer Geoffrey Kanyerere said it is important for other sectors in climate change initiatives to involve children.