NEWS | EDUCATION
By Chifundo Zingunde
Student journalists from the Malawi Institute of Journalism Mzuzu Campus have committed themselves to conserving the country’s environment in their quest of making Malawi green again.
The commitment was made last weekend when close to 70 students visited Mzuzu nature sanctuary in the outskirts of the city.
Among others, the students appreciated the centre’s natural environment and were also treated to a variety of lectures on environmental issues in Malawi before enjoying a hiking adventure around the thick forests of the sanctuary.
At the end of it all, MIJ – Mzuzu Campus’s Environmental Club Coordinator, Gibson Kamanga said the visit has shaped the students into proper understanding of environmental issues and how to tackle them in their media products.
“The visit has been an eye opener to the students. The lectures have instilled some rare aspects of the country’s environment. I’m hopeful with such a knowledge, the media products are going to be tackling real issues, and not just scratching on the surface,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the students, a final year scholar, and chairperson for the institution’s Environmental Club, Everister Lungu expressed commitment to advocate for environmental rights.
“With this site visitation, we feel it that it is our duty to speak for nature, it’s voiceless and the fact that our skills are heard globally, we will advocate for the environment.” She promised.
On his part, Environmental and Education Officer for the ministry of Parks and Wildlife (North), Philemon Mpuwe, was confident with the zeal in the budding journalists’ quest to combating climate change in the country.
“I’m impressed that they have shown the energy to combating environmental degradation, and promoting the environment. are journalists in making, the now know the importance of protecting the environment and promoting its rights. I believe in them they can do it.” Says he.
Meanwhile, MIJ Mzuzu Campus and Mzuzu Nature Sanctuary have agreed to work together on a number of environmental related issues in the city.