On Friday, February 28th all the invited students and teachers were present at George and Duke College Hall at 9 Am in the morning. Due to this lucky Circumstance Program Coordinator Prince Olawuyi seyi and his Team were able to kick things off right in time.
After he welcomed all the participants and other guests he introduced them to the Plant-for-the-Planet Academy team. Right after the beginning ceremony the invited Climate Justice Ambassadors Victoria Adetona and Abdulrahman Adebayo held the intro-presentation “Now we children save the world”.
Issues such as CO2, climate justice, possible solutions for the climate crisis as well as the role of the Climate Justice Ambassadors and Plant-for-the-Planet’s activities were mentioned in the presentation. The Program Coordinator contributed to the presentations as well to explain some technical terms and few things, omitted by the Climate Justice Ambassadors. In conclusion a few questions were asked by the participants like the difference between forestation and afforestation. The Program Coordinator answered those questions respectively.
In the next step the participants engaged in the world game in which the different amounts of CO2 emitted by the countries as well as the global wealth distribution were demonstrated.
For the World Café the participants were divided into four different groups. Each group deliberated on different major issues such as: How they can involve media in promoting the project in Nigeria, how they can organize tree planting party in their communities, form a local club and how to involve their parents and friends in the project. The participants were happy to present the outcomes of their deliberations to the other groups.
Some very dedicated students prepared parts of the beginning presentation during the World Café to present them to the other participants as a team.
During the tree planting session, the forester Mrs. Tope Abisoye taught the participants everything they need to know about planting a tree. The participants were happy to involve in tree planting activities. During the session mostly fruit trees were planted.
The participants were happy to share the knowledge they had gained during the Academy. As well as the students, the participating teachers shared their impressions with each other. The Academy ended with the graduation of the new Climate Justice Ambassadors by handing out their well deserved certificates. In his closing remarks, the Program Coordinator Prince Olawuyi Seyi urged the participants to ensure that they keep promoting the concept in their various communities. After the group photograph was taken, an interesting day had come to an end.
A huge thanks to all the helpers around the venue and tree planting event. Without their support the Academies would not have been possible!
You can find all photos taken here to remember this beautiful day.
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