LAKKI MARWAT - The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Wildlife Department has set up 200 school nature clubs in the province to engage teachers and students in conservation and promotion of wildlife and environment.

It was told at a daylong workshop arranged by Wildlife Department Bannu division on Saturday to enhance capacity of teachers in wildlife conservation and nature club management. Teachers, clerics and journalists from Lakki Marwat and Bannu districts attended the workshop.  Among others DFO Wildlife Bannu Khan Malook, DFO wildlife (extension) Muhammad Niaz and SDO Wildlife Abdur Rehman delivered lectures on the occasion. Experts said that 20 such nature clubs had been established in Bannu division with nine clubs in the state-run and private schools of Lakki Marwat district. 

They said that goals to conserve wildlife and protect environment could not be achieved without the help of teachers, students and other segments of society.

"The nature clubs besides organising painting, drawing, declamation, essay writing, collection of wildlife pictures and other healthy competition among students will also link them with the wildlife through daily learning activities on the premises of school," they maintained.

They told that the teachers should make nature clubs functional by arranging nature walk and excursions and making classrooms' environment friendly for their students. "Now it is the responsibility of teachers and schools' bosses to make nature clubs fully functional and avert turning them into ghost clubs," they said.

They told that to avert turning of nature clubs into ghost clubs the wildlife department would also hold a competition once in a year among the teachers who had been tasked to run clubs in their respective schools. They asked the students to become active members of the clubs and play their role in conservation of wildlife and forests.

"The nature clubs will prove helpful to motivate students to keep their surrounding environment clean, share knowledge about wildlife with their friends and relatives and participate in essay writing and drawing competitions on wildlife," they added.

Later the participants visited a peasantry in Bannu and wildlife park situated near Kurrum Bridge in Lakki Marwat district.

They showed keen interest in the different species of birds and animals kept at the peasantry and park. The participating said on the occasion that schools' nature clubs would also help to persuade families to visit wildlife facilities and play their role in conservation of birds, animals and environment.