The quiz is aimed at educating school children, who are our future leaders, with environmental knowledge in rural communities who might not have the opportunity or exposure to learning about the environment. Educating our future leaders in Zimbabwe should be a priority for tourism operators – and ties deeply into our eco-philosophy.
In collaboration with surrounding stakeholders such as Elephant’s Eye Hwange and the Painted Dog Centre, we realised the great importance of including the rural communities as many of them live on lands surrounding the Hwange National Park, yet they have very limited knowledge and understanding of the wildlife due to a lack of resources or shortage of teachers.
Understanding the wildlife and environment better helps the kids to be the custodians of it, protect and care for it. Awareness is the only solution as they can also learn and contribute towards the benefits. The schools involved intend to address the human-wildlife conflicts that many of the kids witness, and teach them in a fun and positive way.
Schools from the surrounding area take part at Cluster level, and those who make it through take part in the District level, followed by the Provincial level and eventually the National level.
Participating teams receive breakfast and lunch, as well as Painted Dog Centre t-shirts. The winners receive a game drive lunch and snacks in the Hwange National park, a tour of Painted Dog Centre and the parks’ museum. Children will finally become instrumental in the fight against wildlife poaching.