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False Inside view Sylvester Kampamba has been conservation education officer for the North Luangwa Conservation Programme ( NLCP) ever since its inception in 2004. The programme, supported by the Frankfurt Zoological Society, teaches local children all about living with the wildlife that shares their environment – a subject with which Sylvester, as a life- long local resident himself, is more than familiar. He talked to Claire Lewis about his work. COMMUNITY CLASSROOM Had you always wanted to work in conservation? Well, yes and no. I have always lived in Mukungule and wanted to be a teacher in one of the schools close by, but I didn’t do very well at school. Only after joining NLCP did I start to see the good of conservation – and I still want to qualify as a teacher one day. After being here for a while and seeing the project firsthand, I started to tell other people about how to conserve our natural resources. Later on I was chosen for the environmental education programme. When did you first become involved with NLCP? Back in 1999: I started as a supervisor for contract casual work on the roads and airstrips, and then after about a year I joined permanently to help look after the project manager’s children and work at the NLCP base in the park. Late in 2004 they introduced me as the conservation education officer. What does your work involve? We are now in our fourth year and it’s a big job. We visit nine schools once every month and we are planning to add two schools on the eastern side of the Luangwa River this year. We visit two schools per day, so it takes about five days to visit all the schools in the programme. We have developed an environmental education manual that has been distributed to the schools and the teachers use this to teach their lessons. When I visit the schools we revise three or four lessons with a presentation. The lessons are aimed at Grade five ( 13 years and over), but some of the older grades join the lesson too; sometimes there are 60 or more children in a class. What are the biggest challenges? It is very difficult to convince a poor man about the importance of conservation, and its benefits to him and his community. We need to support the local communities in different ways to show them how conservation can help meet their needs – including providing job opportunities. To go around nine schools and face 800 pupils is not easy, and there are often local politics to deal with. On a practical level, the roads are bad and we could always do with more financial assistance. What impact has the project made? The NLCP supports the Zambia Wildlife Authority scouts with uniforms, food, vehicle maintenance, roads and so on, so the wildlife can be well protected, but poaching is still one of our main threats. Local people have started to get the message and we can now see achievements: for instance, rhinos have been reintroduced to the park for the first time in 20 years, with five more coming this year. There are three rhino calves now, and through the education programme we asked schools to name each one. The first was born in 2005 and named ‘ Buyantanshi’, which means ‘ Progress’. The others were named ‘ Twatasha’, meaning ‘ Thank you’, and ‘ Twibukishe’, meaning ‘ We remember’. Tell me about the Celebration Day At the end of the year we bring all the schools together for a celebration and sports competition. The students dance, sing songs, read poems and perform sketches, all based on the lessons they have learned over the year. Prizes are awarded to the school that has produced the best performances. Lots of people come from the community to watch. It’s a lot of hard work to prepare everything, but it’s well worth it to enjoy such a very special day. How do you see the future for North Luangwa? As a Zambian, I am very proud of the way we are protecting our wildlife so that future generations can benefit from it. I am convinced that North Luangwa is going to be one of the best National Parks in Africa! I am the father of two boys and two girls, and, you know, life in Zambia is very difficult. But my plan is to make sure all my children finish their school, and for at least one to come and work in conservation like their father. 64 Travel Zambia Spring 2008 For more information on the environmental education programme, black rhino project or any aspect of FZS’s North Luangwa Conservation Programme please contact clairelewis@ fzs. org or visit www. fzs. org CLAIRE LEWIS ( 2) Drama performance on Celebration Day