OYDC launches Sport + Triple E
OYDC Zambia – Sports Development Centre on Tuesday 29 March 2022 launched the Sport for Early Environment Education (Sport + Triple E) supported by WWF Zambia and aimed at raising awareness of environmental education using sport among adolescents.
During the launch, about 50 people including adolescent athletes, school pupils, coaches, and sports champions underwent training on how to care for the environment.
Addressing trainees, OYDC Zambia Chief Executive Officer Dr Fredrick Chitangala implored everyone to use the knowledge acquired to contribute to keeping the environment healthy and sustainable for the future.
He added that the Sport + Triple E will inculcate a sense of ownership and responsibility among young people. And Dr Chitangala led trainees in planting 30 trees around the sports facility.
All learners were later presented with certificates at the end of the training. Trainees will be expected to sensitize their fellow young people and members of the community about environmental restoration, protection and conservation.
Some of the renowned sportspersons who attended the training include Zambia’s number one tennis player Edgar Kazembe, All Africa Games Champion Sydney Siame OLY together with his Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games teammate Judoka Steven Munga’andu OLY and NOCZ Athletes Commission Chairperson Richard Mulenga among others.
OYDC in 2020 ran a similar project dubbed Play 2 Conserve with over 35 sports personnel among them footballers Mary Mwakapila & Jimmy Chisenga, freestyle football star Cecil Chiila and veteran football administrator Chris Chibuye were trained about the project by facilitators from WWF Zambia and Wildlife Environment Conservation Society of Zambia (WECSZ).
The trained conservation ambassadors from the OYDC and WWF have planted over 1000 trees at OYDC and in different communities in Lusaka that include Chaisa, Mandevu, Emmasdale, Kabanana, Chazanga, Chipata, Matero and Zingalume.