Students helping to re-vegetate local areas

10 Aug 2014 09:00 AMLocal News

A student from a village school receiving an award for environmental conservation.

Kinsevere recently rewarded 189 students from three nearby primary schools for their efforts to re-vegate local areas.

Over six months, the students from Kifita and Muombe villages have planted, watered and maintained more than 1,950 trees as part of a large-scale re-vegetation campaign led by MMG.

The campaign was launched by MMG Kinsevere's Social Development department on 5 December 2013 - International Day of the Tree.

For Lhoquitin Nkulu, the agronomist managing the project, the campaign is not only helping to re-vegetate local areas but also helping to introduce a culture of environmental conservation.

Michel Santos, Social Development Manager at Kinsevere, agrees.

"Every tree planted by a student involves the community in environmental preservation - our goal is to have a long-term positive impact on the way people interact with the environment.

"The students are acting as role models for their families, with some parents already expressing a desire to become involved in re- vegetation activities."

To thank them for their efforts, participating students received a prize pack including a notebook, pens, fabric for making school uniforms, a pair of shoes and a box of maths equipment. The awards were presented at a ceremony to mark the end of the 2013-14 academic year.

Deforestation is an ongoing issue in villages surrounding Kinsevere. Many residents of Lubumbashi and local villages use charcoal for cooking and heating as electricity is not always available. This has led to the development of a market for charcoal, which is produced using timber from local forests.

Read more about Kinsevere’s social development program.

Launch of the revegetation program on 5 December 2013, International Day of the Tree.