SCHOOLS GREEN CHALLENGE SCHOOLS PROJECT PROGRESS REPORT

 This report details the progress in implementation of the SGC projects by the three Winning schools i.e. 

1. Makini School (Kisumu) – 1st Position 

2. St. Theresa’s Primary School (Bomet) – 1st Runners Up 

3. Mutulani Primary School (Makueni) – 2nd Runners Up 

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YOUTH FOR GREEN GROWTH by Lorraine Dixon

In the words of Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, we are living in “a complex, uncertain and anxious world”. Challenges are steep across the board – from coming to grips with the fourth industrial revolution to strengthening effective multilateralism, to ending poverty and building more open and cohesive societies.

In 2015, the world came together to chart a new course for the next 15 years, embodied in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and also the Paris Climate Agreement. Kenya has been a top advocate of Agenda 2030 and was a member of the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons who advised the United Nations Secretary General on the global development framework beyond 2015. The Permanent Representative of Kenya to the UN Ambassador Macharia Kamau co-chaired the UN General Assembly Open Working Group on SDGs mandated to develop a set of sustainable development goals. 

Kenya has mainstreamed the SDGs in both national and county development plans, with the launch of the Green Economy Strategy Implementation Plan (GESIP) cementing the country’s commitment to green growth. The policy framework for Green Economy is designed to support a globally competitive low carbon development path through promoting economic resilience and resource efficiency, sustainable management of natural resources, development of sustainable infrastructure and providing support for social inclusion.

The Kenya Organization for Environmental Education (KOEE) is affiliated to the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and is the sole implementer of FEE programmes in Kenya that include Eco-schools and Learning About Forests. Eco-Schools is an international programme for schools working on sustainability issues. The Eco-Schools strategy is a whole-school approach that uses all members, departments and stakeholders of the school to address local challenges of sustainable development.

MESPT’s partnership with the Kenya Organization for Environmental Education (KOEE) to implement the Schools Green Challenge, purposes to help transform schools into models of sustainability for communities, through the Eco Schools platform. Through imparting eco-friendly enterprise skills students are prepared for the real world by showing them how to generate green incomes and opportunities which enhance their communities’ resilience and improve their economic status.

Why work with schools? Education stands at the heart of our new development agenda – as a basic human right, as a transformational force for poverty eradication, as the engine for sustainability, and as a driver of dialogue and peace. This is embodied in the fourth Sustainable Development Goal, to “ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning”. Education is our deepest source of hope – we must plant the seeds now for a better future tomorrow.

We must not only transform our economies, but also our education systems to encourage critical thinking, initiative and new competences. Only then will we manage to make production and consumption sustainable, to provide new skills for greener industries, and to orient higher education and research towards sustainable innovation. Education needs to keep up with the changing face of work and to build sustainability in the face of climate change. 

Young people are at the forefront of environmental innovations that are changing the face of development in Africa. A case in point is Leroy Mwasaru, a 16 year old student at Maseno School, who together with 4 of his classmates designed a Human Waste Bioreactor, turning human waste into energy to power gas stoves in the school. He subsequently set up Greenpact in 2015 after school, a company which produces and distributes affordable and high-quality innovative biogas digester systems to get biogas from both agricultural and human refuse. Leroy has been ranked second on the Forbes 30 under 30 list of young entrepreneurs and next generation billionaires in 2018. 

Tatro Primary School is an Eco-school in Siaya County doing integrated semi-intensive system (semi-free range system) of poultry and fish farming. Pupils are actively involved and are encouraged to replicate what they learn at home. The project has led improved local food supply, as it has enabled the establishment of a sustainable feeding programme for its approximately 500 pupils, as well as sale of chicken and fish to the local community. People visit the school farm to learn about poultry or fish farming at a small fee. 

The above examples are a mere snapshot of the immense life-changing potential our young people have, and therefore the need to involve them as capable actors, and not mere beneficiaries, of the green growth and sustainable agenda. This means green and transferable skills must be taught in schools, higher education institutions and other tertiary learning institutions to harness their abilities in the pursuit of inclusive competitive low carbon development.

CLIMATE CHANGE REPORTING

The Kenya Organization for Environmental Education (KOEE), with funding support from Act, Change, Transform (Act!), is implementing a project that aims at enhancing public awareness on existing climate change response strategies and policies and with an objective of training journalists on climate change reporting and developing booklets with guidelines on climate change reporting. The project will be implemented in Garissa, Wajir, Mandera, Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale, Laikipia, Baringo and Turkana Counties.

Kenya’s state of environmental journalism has seen some improvement compared to previous years. However, much is needed to instill appropriate knowledge, attitudes, and practices of environmental journalism, especially in climate change reporting. While most journalists depict some knowledge in climate change, they require further specialized training in climate change reporting to enhance their content and reporting practice. The lack of proper linkage and communication between journalists and climate change experts is among the major challenges facing science reporters in Kenya. Also, inadequate training, limited resources and uncooperative editorials were cited as major challenges for climate change reporters. These challenges could be addressed through initiatives such as organizing training on climate change reporting, and capacity building for environmental and other journalists.

WORLD DAY TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION 2017 CELEBRATIONS REPORT

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The objectives of the event were to create awareness about impacts of climate change and efforts to combat desertification and the effects of drought collectively, promote peace building for sustainable resource use and management and create a platform for networking and partnerships among stakeholders to join hands for sustainable living. Activities of the day included talks on sustainable living, planting of 1,000 indigenous trees by schools and other participants, poems/songs/dance/drama performances by schools and other groups with messages on sustainable environmental management and peace and exhibitions of green innovations/projects by participating schools and institutions.

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KOEE & GAGF PARTNERSHIP

Green Africa Global Foundation (GAGF) and Kenya Organisation of Environmental Education (KOEE) agree to partner in implementing the Environmental Education and Awareness Program in Kenyan Government Schools in slum areas projects in Kawangware and Dagoreti in Nairobi County.

The Kenya Organization for Environmental Education (KOEE) is a Public Benefits Organization founded in 1997 under the Agenda 21 with a global partnership to protect the dignity of the environment. KOEE is a member of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)-International, with the head office located in Nairobi, Runda Glory. KOEE focuses on four main program areas: – Education for Sustainable Development (ESD); Sustainable Natural Resource Management and Environmental Governance, and Services & Entrepreneurship development. Currently, Some of KOEE projects include; Learning About Forests, Faith-based Education for Sustainable Development and Faith-based Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development and Eco-schools, on which the Partnership is based.

The Green Africa Global Foundation main objective is to promote sustainable development, environmental conservation, energy, culture, access to agriculture and education in communities within Kenya as a whole hence enhancing sustainable socio-economic conditions. GAGF vision is to create a better world for current and future generations in Africa with the mission being to; promote sustainable development, Promote sustainable energy, culture, Environmental conservation, Empower the intellectual capabilities of people and Enhancing fundamental needs of the human being.

The purpose of this agreement is to support achievement of the objectives and overall goal of the Environmental Education and Awareness Program in Kenyan Government Schools Project through mutual collaboration between GAGF and KOEE.

SHAURI MOYO PEACE MAKERS

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When it comes to Youth Empowerment nothing brings joy to the heart than seeing the youth doing positive and productive activities with their time. We gave out some football kits which were provided by our partners Play It On and a new ball to Shaurimoyo Peacemakers as well as gave them a small talk on the environment and why they should take care of it.

MAKING SAVINGS FROM CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE- MACHAKOS COUNTY

Mbaluku Primary School became part of the FBCCESD Project in 2015. The school was excited
to be part of this life changing initiative using faith-based values. The school was represented by two teachers who took part in the project training’s.The two teachers were the head teacher, Ms. Elizabeth Maundu and Mrs. Grace Muthama. After attending several teachers’ and faith leaders’ trainings on adaptation to climate change, the school was inspired to start a roof water harvesting project to address the problem of water scarcity they faced. To complement the water project, the school also started a kitchen gardening initiative employing the Farming in God’s Way technique taught during the trainings.

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THE LITTER-LESS CAMPAIGN PROJECT PHASE II YEAR 2 LAUNCH FOR KENYA

The Year 2 of Phase II of the Campaign entered started in 2016 with the national launch being held on 11th March 2016 at Kariobangi South Primary School in Nairobi. The goal of the Campaign is to reduce litter and affect long-term behaviour change among global youth with the main objective being to raise awareness of the effect of litter on the local environment and wider community, increase student knowledge and practical skills in preventing and managing litter, collaborate with other schools to promote Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), and influence others by communicating with them through multimedia and other channels.

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Faith-based Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development Experience Sharing Workshop

The workshop brought together all the beneficiaries of the FBCCESD Project in Machakos County to share their experiences since the start of the project. All the groups funded to start micro-projects together with those that were not funded, were invited. Representatives of D-Light Solar Company were also invited as well as a leader from Focal Area Development Community (FADC) who interacted with the beneficiaries on different aspects of the project. Each group that was funded gave an overview of what they had done as a group highlighting the progress, successes, challenges and lessons learnt.

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ECO-GREEN CUP

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The cup was the last event of the year marking the Launch of the Youth Empowerment Project.

The games happened at Emukhunzulu Primary School whereby before the football matches begun, the players,officials and community members were involved in the planting of 1000 trees to advocate the importance of trees and as well promoting afforestation and beautification in the football pitches they have their matches on.

Their were 12 different participating teams and of which Lucky Boys beat the Black Santos in the finals by two goals to one.

It was a successful tournament which brought about alot awareness and interest to the community members and the participating teams which are to take part in a series of trainings in the start of the year 2016.

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