By Franco Mwachande Jnr
Students at the polytechnic, a constituent College of the University of Malawi on Monday put their books down and took their time to plant 2000 trees in Chigumula forest in Blantyre.
The polytechnic students union president Japhet Nthala said in an interview that due to an increase pressure on natural resources in the area they decided to create a buffer zone with the aim of reducing further dilapidation of the forest.
He said now is the time for young people took pivotal roles in championing environmental management among other issues. “As of now, Chigumura forest is in need of more trees so we as students, we saw the need to take part because we understand how vital are trees to the stability of the environment so we decided to become part of the solution by being involved in planting trees right now to save future generation,” he said.
Nthala further underscored the need for various stakeholders and other NGO’s to hasten their efforts to support their  project. “Actually,  trees we planted today  were supplied by Weather Chasers Malawi but any partner willing to help us with seedlings, the door is open. As we all aware that climate change and environmental justice needs good strategic approach,” he persuaded.
Speaking on the sidelines of the exercise, the Vice Chancellor of Unima, Professor John Kalenga Saka who was guest of honour said Unima it is their responsibility to participate in this program. “The youth have the duty of being leaders of tomorrow hence we need to mobilize ourselves to monitor and take care of the trees which are being planted today,” Saka said.
In his remarks,  Assistant Zone manager for the south, from the department of forestry, Gerald Kamanga  expressed his gratitude towards the development and called upon all people around the forest to take full responsibility in caring for the planted trees. “We need to be front liners in ensuring the sustainability of these trees for the benefit of our communities at large,” he said.
Tree planting
Tree planting

Michael Tembo

My Name is Michael Tembo, from Dowa District, Mkulula Chisomba Village, born on the 23 October 1994. I'm Christian, a member of the Malawi Assemblies of God. I grew up in Lilongwe where I went to school, in 2015 I completed my Malawi School Certificate of Education at which point I was selected for various Universities. As a proud of Malawi I am passionate about leaning and growing businesses to support Malawi in becoming a great Nation. I'm currently the Regional Supervisor for TheNews.mw, a news website for young Malawi' people.

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