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.
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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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.
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.
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 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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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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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.
The public campaign’s overall goal was to promote adaptation to climate change through faith-based education for sustainable development (ESD). It was organized by The Kenya Organization for Environmental Education (KOEE) in conjuction with the County Government of Machakos, with sponsorship from Act! and Industrial and Commercial Development Cooperation (ICDC). The event was held on the 17th of November 2015 at St Mary’s Girls primary school grounds under the theme: “Promoting Green Economies for Food Security and Poverty Reduction”. The forum brought together the private sector, government officials, learning institutions, faith groups and civil society groups to exchange ideas and experiences on aspects of Green Growth as an answer to food insecurity. The forum aimed at promoting climate-smart technologies to promote sustainable natural resource management as well as adaptation and resilience to climate change, using education and advocacy.
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The event was a launch of the Environment and Sports programme using football matches to bring together youth and community members.
The activities happened in three schools which are Emabwi, Emukhunzulu and Ebuyalu Primary Schools respectively.
The goals of the event were to sensitize the youth on the Youth and Empowerment project and Identify the teams and coaches who are going to participate in the project.
Sports encourages participation and brings people together. It contributes to the health and well-being of children and youth, is enjoyable, and transmits values such as fairness, tolerance, respect and discipline. When utilised in a pedagogically correct manner, sport enhances self-esteem and self-confidence and promotes responsible behaviour.