First Special Environmental Education Day (SEED) at Namanongo and Ndubulula Schools
On April 2nd, students and teachers at Namanongo and Ndubulula primary schools held their first Special Environmental Education Day (SEED) events, as part of the Environmental Education Programme (EEP) supported by the BCP Trust.
SEEDs are designed to provide students and teachers with an opportunity to showcase their work through the EEP. Representatives from BioCarbon Partners, the local community and, importantly, parents are invited to attend and participate in SEEDs.
At both schools, students showcased their work through performances, including drama events and poetry readings. Teachers provided “demonstration” lessons to show how the classes are being taught, and to better explain the content of the courses to the community and parent representatives in attendance. In Namanongo, students and teachers also participated in a competitive Environmental Quiz, which resulted in much clapping, laughter and learning.
Representatives from BCP Trust were especially impressed by the dramatic performance that was delivered by students in Namanongo, in which a notorious charcoal producer and poacher is convinced to adopt sustainable cutting techniques and to participate in livestock projects by his children, who are participating in the EEP at their school. The students were able to convince their father by describing the negative effects of deforestation, and by explaining alternative activities—such as sustainable charcoal production, conservation farming techniques, livestock rearing and tourism—that can benefit community stakeholders as well as reduce deforestation. The students explained that these are the sorts of activities that BCP is supporting through the Lower Zambezi REDD+ Project.
As part of the event, BCP Trust helped to facilitate a donation of 20 guava trees to each school, made by the local Forest Officer from the Forestry Department. Students and teachers planted the trees, which are intended to grow into small orchards that will provide students with fruits in the upcoming years. As the schools were about to “close” for term break, BCP Trust ensured that students and teachers had committed to caring for the newly planted seedlings, even over the break period.
The next SEED events are scheduled to take place in June, midway through the year-long EEP course. BCP Trust is actively seeking support and contributions that will help this program to be successful in motivating students to become involved as “environmental ambassadors.” In terms of next steps, BCP Trust hopes to support environmental movie screening events, scholarship programs, awards for academic performance and a mentorship program in local communities. Please contact us for more information, or, if you have any ideas or interest in supporting this dynamic program!
The launch of the EEP has been made possible by funds received through a generous VIGOR grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) (See more about BCP’s VIGOR grant from USAID here: http://biocarbonpartners.com/bcp-trust-receives-vigor-grant-from-usaid).