The Barotse Royal Establishment (BRE) has commended African Parks Limited for reviving wildlife in Liuwa National Park despite retrogressive utterances from some stakeholders.
BRE board representative, Induna Namunda, noted that African Parks, a non profit making organisation managing and rehabilitating Liuwa National Park, had brought a lot of development in alleviating accommodation shortages and also lifting education standards in the district.
Induna Namunda said this in Kalabo when he officially handed over one teacher’s house worth K200, 000 built by the African Parks to the Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and early Education.
“Before the coming in of African Parks, BRE had a problem in reviving Liuwa because of massive poaching.
“African Parks came at a time there were retrogressive utterances, but they went on to do their best proved themselves by their continued investment in the education sector,” Induna Namunda said.
He further implored local people to protect animals so that they continue to benefit.
Earlier, Park Manager, Raquel Filgueiras, reaffirmed her company’s commitment to supplement government’s efforts in providing decent accommodation to teachers in rural areas.
Ms Filgueiras explained that the donation was part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), adding that African Parks attached great importance to improving education standards in the district it operated from.
Receiving the donation on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Kalabo District Education Board Secretary, Richard Imasiku, said much as it was government’s responsibility to provide quality education, it was almost impossible to achieve the goal without the private partnership.
Mr Imasiku said it was gratifying to note that African Parks was ploughing back to the community in providing teachers with decent accommodation especially in a rural area like Kalabo.
He called on other corporate entities to emulate African Parks Zambia in partnering with government in providing quality education services.
And acting Kalabo District Commissioner, Inambao Mwiya, commended African Parks for improving the face of Liuwa National Park and the surrounding community in terms of investment.
He called on local communities to visit the park and contribute to the ongoing developments in Liuwa.
Mr Mwiya implored the beneficiaries to guard the infrastructure jealously as it was a motivation to both teachers and pupils.