The second academy in Kenya took place on 23rd July 2017 with 50 children from five different schools. Most of these kids are from informal settlements of Nairobi, Dagoretti. They also believe that in fighting climate change, social status is not a barrier.
The Academy began with some welcoming words of Mr. Macharia, a teacher from the hosting school, who heads environmental department. Then the full attention of the children turned to the presentation “Now we children save the world!” given by Valerie Akoth. Complex topics such as sources of CO2, global warming, photosynthesis, the climate crisis and global justice were presented in a suitable way for children – and nobody could be better for that task than a child of the same age like Valerie. After the presentation, the participants had the chance to ask remaining questions. Children were also given time to ask questions concerning climate crisis and global warming tragedy. Their concerns and questions were later addressed by their community Program Coordinator David Oyaga.
For the following part the children were divided into small groups to learn about global distribution and global justice in the World Game. The children put tokens, sweets and balloons eagerly on the world map as symbols of the world’s population, wealth and CO2 emissions respectively. Therefore the participants prepared and presented short passages from the opening presentation they had listened to at the beginning. They gave each other feedback on how to improve their presentations in the future.
After a short lunch break, the children had the opportunity to do something for their future right away: Planting trees! In addition, they got information on how to plant trees, when to plant them and how to take care of them. In total they planted 12 trees with the assistance of the adults. Every school planted two trees with the host school planting four trees. The host school agreed to take care of these trees through their organized unit called environmental club.
Back to Setlite primary school a small group practiced the final presentation for the evening event and the rest of the children started the World Café. Afterwards the children got together in their school groups and planned a specific project that could be realized after the Academy. There were a lot of strategies listed out by each school in attracting media attention. Ranging from planting tree in police stations, approaching talk shows in main media houses among many more
At the end of the day, family, friends and guests arrived for the evening event. The children proudly presented the prepared presentation and their ideas from the World Café.
An interesting day had come to an end. Apart from the experience and newly found knowledge, all participants were appointed as Ambassadors for Climate Justice and received a certificate, a Plant-for-the-Planet T-shirt and the book ‘Tree-by-Tree’. Organizers and guests were very impressed by the performance of the children. The teachers in the event encouraged children to continue planting trees within their schools homes and neighbourhood as a way of combating climate crisis. David encouraged these kids by telling them that Plant for the Planet is offering opportunity and platform to children to shape their destiny
The Academy was made possible thanks to the commitment of Plant-for-the-Planet and due to the team of local organizers. Special thanks go to the Plant-for-the-Planet Programme Coordinator David Oyaga and also to all school heads who allowed their pupils to attend, teachers who came with them, cooks and the schools which participated.
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