Wildlife & Environment Zimbabwe, Matabeleland Branch is appealing for funds to save Bushbeat, the children’s wildlife magazine. The idea behind Bushbeat: it was felt that children, particularly in rural areas, were not getting enough information about the flora, fauna etc of this country. Books and magazines were hard to come by, and still are, and the children were missing out. The main objective of the magazine was to get the young children interested and aware of what a wonderful wildlife heritage they have and to therefore preserve it in the future. Unfortunately due to lack of funding Bushbeat was discontinued in 2003.
However, thanks to ‘friends’ of the Matabeleland Branch, we reintroduced the Bushbeat Magazine in September 2011. Since then, 10 000 copies per school term have been distributed, free of charge, to many schools in and around Bulawayo. Many other schools in Hwange, Dete, Victoria Falls, Esigodini and Matobo also receive Bushbeat.
We have had to increase the copies of Bushbeat produced to 15 000, as we were finding it hard to keep up with the damand from schools, for what has become a very popular mini magazine. We have more and more schools asking for copies of Bushbeat.
Our aim is to distribute a new edition of Bushbeat three times a year and therefore we are appealing for help with printing costs to enable us to do this.
Bushbeat plays a very important role in educating the children about wildlife and environmental issues. Also one of the Headmasters of a school that receive Bushbeat said it also helps the children with their English comprehension and creative writing.
Please, if you can help us save Bushbeat contact, Yvonne Steinbach, the compiler of Bushbeat and a Wildlife & Environment Zimbabwe, Matabeleland Branch Committee Member on e-mail email@example.com.