Established in 1972, the Chongololo and Chipembele Conservation Clubs of Zambia (CCCZ) is the only national environmental education program for Zambian youth, reaching over 40,000 children through 1000 clubs. Through a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Education, we support clubs in public and private schools in every province and 58 districts of Zambia. Many of Zambia’s leading conservationists today participated in one of our clubs as children, and our environmental education model has been replicated around Africa and the world.
We support clubs through supplying engaging magazines with an educational curriculum every term, grants, and guided activities and conservation projects.
Drawing their name from the Chewa word for a millipede, Chongololo clubs were first founded in 1972. These clubs educate school going children from grades 1 to 7 about Zambian wildlife and habitats.
Chongololo Club of the air (CCOA) is a weekly 30-minute radio program that educates students about the environment and supports the curriculum in Chongololo magazines. It is broadcast on 8 community radio stations, including Radio Luapula, Chikankata FM, Sinazongwe Community Radio, Radio Maria, Kalomo FM, Radio Ichengelo, Zambezi Radio and Mpika FM.
CHONGOLOLO CLUB OF THE AIR (CCOA)
CCOA is a weekly 30-minute radio program that is designed to support environmental magazines. It is now broadcast on community radio stations including Radio Luapula, Chikankata FM, Sinazongwe Community Radio, Radio Maria, Kalomo FM, Radio Ichengelo, Zambezi Radio and Mpika FM
Drawing their name from the Bemba word for a rhino, Chipembele clubs are for students in grades 8 to 12 as well as community members. Clubs learn about complex environmental issues and take practical action. Our Chipembele clubs play a crucial role in our conservation and advocacy projects, whether conducting water monitoring on the Kafue River or speaking at Parliament to advocate for national climate adaptation policies.
UNITE4CLIMATE AND CONSERVATION (U4CC) PROGRMAME
Unite4Climate (U4C) programme is one of UNICEF’s signature child-led advocacy programmes in partnership with the Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia ( WECSZ).It has been implemented since 2010.
The programme has led to a more environmentally sustainable environment through the planting of over 30,000 trees in over 200 schools countrywide, through the implementation of thirteen (13) climate change adaptation projects, which have resulted to cleaner and greener schools, reuse, reduction and recycling of materials such as waste paper, cans and plastics, and through interpersonal communication and community sensitizations to over 450 schools.
Over the years, the program has seen the training of over 1,400 Children, adolescents and youths as Climate Ambassadors from various schools across all the 10 provinces of Zambia. The program aims to focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation. It places emphasis on equipping children with skills in climate change reduction advocacy, conservation, waste management and awareness raising, thereby strengthening their abilities to fulfill their potential.
In implementation of the program, WECSZ collaborates with local stakeholders such as the Ministry of General Education (MoGE), the Forestry Departments, Agriculture and the Local Councils as well as other organizations whose focus is well aligned with the program framework.