Majete Wildlife Reserve park manager Craig Hay has urged students in Chikwawa to work hard in school, saying education is the key to success.
Hay made the remarks on Saturday during the award ceremony of Majete Schools Essay Competition Award at the park’s premises.
He said it was time children understood the value of education and that it stays with them and has a positive impact on their lives.
Hay commended the learners for taking part in the essay competition which he believed would benefit them.
On his part, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chapananga, who is chairperson of the Joint Liaison Committee for Majete and was the guest of honour at the function, appealed for everyone’s participation to restore the environment.
To the learners, Chapananga said: “Work hard in class so that you achieve your goals and avoid early marriages. Marriage will always be there, but school comes first.”
The Majete Schools Essay Competition is an annual event where pupils from schools surrounding the reserve are required to write essays or poems on topics relating to environmental preservation.
The competition is open to both secondary and primary school pupils and winners are given various prizes such as Majete branded golf shirts, school bags, 10 A4 hard covers, mathematical instruments and a certificate of recognition, among other prizes.