A Zambia Climate Youth Research Hub has been established to combat issues that have to do with climate change and environmental management.
The initiative has been established by the Centre for Climate Change Action and Advocacy (CCCAA) and Zambia Research, and Development Center (ZRDC).
CCCAA Executive Director, Silvia Nanyangwe, said they were working with a number of Zambian youths, stating that the hubs would act as platforms for continuous engagement.
Nanyangwe added that this would be used to showcase ideas and innovations they had in order to support climate change engagements and environmental management.
She said the organisation included universities as a benchmark for quality in everything the organization does in the research hub.
Nanyangwe was speaking in Kafue District during a highlight of what the organisation was doing on environment and climate action.
This came to light during a training organized by Centre for Environment Justice (CEJ) under the project “Strengthening Civil Society Voices for Climate Advocacy in Zambia”, funded by United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), covering five districts namely Lusaka, Chirundu, Luangwa, Chongwe and Rufunsa.
Furthermore, Nanyangwe stated that they were working in collaboration with the Ministry of General Education to implement a project called Punzila Climate Olympiads and National Awards.
“We have done a pilot in a few districts in Lusaka Province namely; Lusaka, Chongwe and Rufunsa, now targeting Luangwa. The Punzila Climate Olympiads are there to enlighten communities about Climate Change.
“When we approached the Ministry of General Education, we were advised to come up with a curriculum that would fit into schools which we eventually generated and submitted to the Curriculum Development Centre (CDC),” Nanyangwe said.Kafue Magoba Ward Councilor, Wise Mainza, said the CEJ’s workshop was impactful.
Mainza added that the lessons would be shared with Kafue Town Council in order to align its activities.
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