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Trees for Biriya Majhola

14.08.2019

Altogether 82 students from 9 schools attended the academy in Government Higher Secondary School, Biriya Majhola, India.

The academy was made possible with the dedicative commitment of Plant-for-the-Planet foundation, Government Higher Secondary School Biriya Majhola and Eco Club and NSS members of GHSS. The event was free of charge for all the attending children, who were aged 10-14. Special thanks goes to Plant-for-the-Planet academy staff Adelya for helping us throughout the academy preparation and Priyanka Channd and Manjesh Jha & Preeti Yadav for all their hard work and efforts to make this academy successful. We would also like to thank Mr Narendra Rautela, Mr. Pramod Rana, Mr. Rakesh Sharma and Mr. Ajeet Singh for helping us contact all schools and for providing us venue and all other basic facilities for the academy. Not to be forgotten are the many helpers and supporters, without whom the implementation of the Academy, venue, technology. Tree-planting event and much more would not have been possible.

After a brief welcome and registration process the full attention of the children turned to the presentation "Now we children save the world!" which was given by Plant-for-the-Planet Coordinators Dharmendra Kapri and Rohit Bisht.  The presentation covered: Introduction of Plant-for-the-Planet, sources of CO2, greenhouse effect, global warming, photosynthesis, climate change, climate crisis and climate justice. These topics were explained in a very simple language and easy way. After the presentation, the kids had the opportunity to clear their doubts through question and answer session.

After a short break, the children were divided into six groups to learn about global distribution and justice in the “World Game”. The children distributed playing figures, candy and balloons on the world maps respectively of the world’s population, wealth and CO2 emissions. Each group had one moderator from our academy team to help them understand the rules and the process of the game. The children were first asked to distribute the balloons, candy and tokens as per as their knowledge. Later on they were corrected by the moderator wherever needed. Eventually, the CO2 emissions and wealth were distributed fairly - everyone has equal rights

Then the children formed six public speaking groups in which they prepared and presented short passages from the opening presentation that they had seen at the start of the day. They gave each other tips on how to improve their presentations in the future followed by a short session on how to give a good presentation was conducted by Rohit Bisht and Dharmendra Kapri.

The children then broke for lunch and were able to relax a little and to discuss the topics covered so far with each other. 

After lunch was over, the afternoon kicked off with short introductive videos on Plant-for-the-Planet and on how Plant-for-the-Planet plants trees in Mexico. As the children were very curious to know more about the plant-for-the-planet and how we plant trees all over the world.

Rested and feeling energized, the children relocated to the schoolyard to plant their own trees! Before the planting commenced, the children listened intently to the advice of the Eco club member in charge Mr. Deepak Singh Rana. He explained how and when to plant trees, and also showed the children how to care for them to make sure they survive. In total they planted 17 trees (Azadirachta indica, Cassia fistula, Magnifera Indica, Indian Gooseberry, Psidium guajava) in just 45 minutes with the assistance of the Eco Club Members and NSS members.

After a short break it was back to the program. The children started the "World Café" module. The kids worked on the following questions at four stations: "How do we ensure that the media reports about us?", "How do we motivate the adults?", "How do we motivate friends and classmates?" and "How do we organize a planting party?"

After everyone had the opportunity to write down their thoughts to each question, the children were asked to present their thoughts and future plans in front of the others

After the World Café the kids were asked to hold a shortened version of morning presentations, their future plans and outcomes of the school groups and group discussions.

After a long, productive, and enjoyable day, all 82 participants received their certificates from Mr. Narendra Singh Rautela and Mr. Pramod Rana, which recognized them as a Climate Justice Ambassador.  An interesting day had come to an end. Apart from the experience and newly found knowledge, all new Ambassadors took with them a copy of the book Tree-by-Tree, and of course the Plant-for-the-Planet T-shirt they collected at the start of the day.

Thanks to the organizing team of Plant-for-the-Planet academy Biriya Majhola. We would like to thank all those involved for their help and support to make this academy possible.

You want to help tackling the climate crisis just like this students? Then write an E-mail to event@plant-for-the-planet.org or visit our website in order to become an ambassador yourself.

Photos can be downloaded here.

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