BY DUDUZILE NDLUKULWANI
FIRST Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa has urged educational institutions to expose students to practices that enhance and promote environmental stewardship.
Speaking at the integrated schools projects launch at King George VI School in Bulawayo yesterday, the First Lady said the programme was aimed at improving access to clean water and food security.
“The integrated environmental programme is a noble initiative by the Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry, which brings together the environment, water and climate issues in addressing community challenges,” she said.
“The main aim of this programme is to promote environmental sustainability across all sectors of life . . . Integrated School project launch will ensure access to clean water from boreholes, food security and nutrition from aquaculture.”
She also said Zimbabwe is a member of various multi-lateral environmental agreements meant to promote a unified approach in dealing with the myriad environmental challenges facing the world.
King George VI is the fifth school to benefit from the integrated schools project after Hulu Secondary in Ingwizi, Matabeleland South, Chidembo in Shamva, Mashonaland Central, Mutendi High in Masvingo and Umzururu Primary in Mashonaland West.
The First Lady donated 300kg of rice, cooking oil and 100kg of sugar to the school.
The Forestry Commission also donated 10 mango and eight guava trees, among others.
The integrated schools projects launch was supported by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority, the Forestry Commission and the Environmental Management Agency.