ROA (Regional Office for Africa )
Nadir Majahdi said, “With my patrol, I run some clean up campaigns and tree planting in our region. We also did some environmental expeditions to raise awareness: we want the people to take care of the nature and the environment. Last year, I got the world scout environment Badge after testing the world scout environment programme.”
Fatima Hibetallah Benaida said, “The environment is nowadays a major issue and the environmental problems which may mark this century are the advent of genuine concerns which is raising both at the local, regional and global level. In a fact, the erosion and the spread of desertification, the proliferation of green house gases and climate change, the decline of the biological resources of animals and plants. In the other hand, the pollution of soil and ground water and the risk of depletion of the ozone layer and others are sufficiently suggestive examples. Moreover, their consequences, without any exaggeration, threaten our immediate future and that of the future generation. As a matter of fact, we need to provide training «managers» for the environment, able to control its negative factors. At the same time, we need also training in «environmental citizenship». To achieve this latter, we have to provide to the environmental education a privileged and a sustainable place in the educational systems both formal and informal. In addition, the environmental education (EE), in many African countries remains as a peripherical or an occasional activity with no significant side towards the environmental challengers. However, within our association we have made an important step with our environment activities through the centre of initiation to nature and the environmental animation for children which aim to provide training and development of youth multidisciplinary activities and also to provide environmental education via training and information. Finally through this work, we try to expose our activities in order to help in reducing environmental problems including climate change which is held as one of the most serious menaces the environment.”
Walid Amrane is a 21 year-old Algerian student. He was born in a sunny city called Algiers , capital of Algeria , where he lives and studies. He’s currently in his last year at the Superior Banking School . He recently took part to the Citizen Act III (a business game) organized by Societe Generale [Banking Group], on the Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility, and won third prize for his teams project, consisting of creating green deposits accounts, and setting up eco-loans.
Peniella Codjo said, “Many rural people in Africa depend on natural resources for survival. The challenge for us is to safeguard wildlife resources and natural ecosystems while ensuring that the needs of local people are met. Benin Environment and Education Society environment clubs are involved in the most important concern for Benin biodiversity conservation in order to make children ambassadors to create mass awareness about the importance of environment conservation by maintaining the lama forest for the red bellied guenon saving. Endemic to the Southern forests of Benin , the red-bellied guenon (Cercopithecus erythrogaster erythrogaster) is a highly threatened primate species ("critically endangered" according to IUCN). The exact number of remaining individuals in the wild is unknown but an important decline of the population occurred during the last decades due to various threats (habitat destruction and fragmentation, poaching activities ...). Protection Providing on-the-ground protection to the monkeys was deemed an immediate priority. Awareness-raising among local communities by students about the importance of these species and measures to protect it is an important and on-going activity. The community students have an integral role in informing local people about the species and the project as well as organizing village meetings. The major concerns for the management program of this forest were: to list the species as a protected animal by national law, to inform media for better awareness, to obtain financial support from several international organizations for a long term protection of La Lama forest, â€¢ to petition to Unesco to get the "biosphere reserve" status for the forest, â€¢ to get the forest as a pilot example for the sustainable protection of the wildlife threatened by extinction. Thus attending the summit will help for information exchange with people from different culture and experiences and discuss about what have been done since Tunza 2008 in Stavanger , and more importantly it will facilitate the involvement of my delegates to be engaged in an international decision making mechanisms.”
From September 13th 2007 to April 28th 2008, Christelle Audrée Zomakpe actively participated to the implementation of the food and sanitation projects at the Dantokpa International Market in Cotonou , Benin . This project consisted in sensitizing female about the risk induced by lack of hygiene in cleaning the dirty places and collecting liquid and solid waste. As field facilitator, she participated to sensitization and awareness sessions and to waste collection.
Chipego Hamaluba said, “I work with my dad through the malaria campaign www.globalalliancebotswana.org . My main vision is to help the children who are under 5 years to sleep under treated mosquito nets. My sister helps to plant trees with me. We are cleaning the surrounding of the homes in Botswana north where malaria is always there. Every year, my dad organizes national malaria campaigns and I join him to the villages to teach the people how deadly malaria is. My area in this project is explaining to people how to clean surroundings and also joining in the clean ups. I like this work very much. You can visit the website with graphics of what we did last year in August. www.malaria.org. Look for Botswana report. Through the help of my dad, we have managed to get blue ribbons which I give to my friends at school after explaining to them how deadly malaria is and also telling them what they need to do to prevent the disease. There is very good response from my school and this year in July we are having a big campaign again. “
Jean-Yves Gatete led the scout movement in his high school and has worked on the peace and development campaign when Burundi was still under dangerous conflict. He won a peace award for the people of South of Burundi in 2002 and was among the 48 winners of the Young social entrepreneurs competition in GKP 2007.He piloted many youth projects since 2007 and is currently leading the one on environment in the central provinces of Burundi .
Allison Niragira said, “I am an enthusiastic member of an environmental club at our school and member of national NGO called Association Burundaise pour la protection des Oiseaux-ABO. The main environmental issue in my country is the high demography and consequent high pressure on natural resources mainly on land. Burundi has a big problem of arable land with so many social and environmental problems in the country. As regard to climate change , this arable land shortage has an impact on fuelwood ,the population cannot plant their private woodlands and has a trend of cutting existing public woodlands including the remaining natural forests in an unsustainable way. For this matter, the woodlands is disappearing on an annual rate of 2% and this rate led Burundi to a bad situation and If nothing is done to reduce this rate of deforestation, so many environmental problems will arise especially related to climate change. In order to cope with climate change externalities, Burundi will have to increase wooded lands areas. In this way, I have a project of raising awareness among Burundi youth in particular my classmates and colleagues at my club on the importance of planting trees. Through my project, I will have to raise awareness among Burundi youth on the importance of efficient wood burning stoves in order to save as much as possible. Our forests will help Burundi against fight climate change. My attendance to Tunza 2009 will open my mind as it is an opportunity for me to share experience with other children from around the world .This will in turn benefit so much my country and its programme of environmental education for Burundi youth
Ella Douce Ncuti said, “In my environmental girls club we do have environment actions to fight against climate change. I want to give my hands in the protection of environment and I also want to fight against climate change with other children from all over the world. Participating in this children conference will help me in my activities of protecting environment because i will learn what other children do to make the world a better place. I want to know much more about how to stop climate change and, of course, I want to make a lot of friends from all over the world. Among other activities undertaken in my club are - trees planting - Campaign with schoolmates(Environment clubs) - sanitation - reusable energy campaign - paintings about environment. After the conference, I want be able to raise my voice and other children voices to engage decision makers to take urgent action for the environment protection in my country.”
Tony Richie Morfaw said, “I am Ndeh Alvine from Cameroon and I belong to the Little Angels of the Environment Cameroon -LANEC. In every community in my country and elsewhere, the problem of environmental education exists. There are a thousand and one ways in which children and adults abuse the environment in which they live unconciously or for selfish interest. It is very common to see trees cut down for wood without replacing them; animals grazing into protected areas without control, people farming right into water catchment areas amongst others. These activities by man have deteriorated the environment leading to the change in climatic conditions we now face. In a bid to secure our environment for posterity, our school environmental club has embarked on the use of theatre to educate pupils, teachers and parents on the effects of climate change and the need to preserve the environment. Through the use of sketches and songs most of the pupils are becoming conscious of the fact that they need to adopt new habits in the manner in which they handled the environment before like destroying plants, flowers, throwing plastic bags carelessly and burning fire to dispose of waste such as papers. We are also actively involved in practical exercises like the making of flower beds which have embellished the school yard with flowers. Trash cans are now properly used to dispose of all waste matters. Our activity for this school year is the making of a nursery of fruit trees to embark on reforestation of the school compound. Looking at the nature of our activities, you realise that the children are actively involved in reforestation which is important in preserving the ozone layer, vital in fighting climate change.”
Central African Republic
YADJIBERT-STEPHANIE-NGUEREGOMBA AXELLE had carried out several activities: organizing the day of the environment within its area of communication, making pleas to the local authorities to hold a day of restitution on the evils of destruction of nature, realization of the behavioral analysis, realization of educational talks on various themes pertaining to HIV / AIDS, environment and sexual violence.
Naon Katiohora organised a youth camp in the topic of climate change, the youth from 19 local organizations take part of this training. The youth did presentations and played games about climate change in Africa and they were train by the members of the national office of ivory coast . The lead organization was CISV Côte d'Ivoire .
Hamed Yoro Sangare said, “We organized clean ups with the children from 10 to 14 year old. As the topic of this competition : what future for our forest. To be selected the best report would to give the real causes of the forest disappearance and give some suggestions. Five environmental organizations and ten schools were candidates 100 candidates at all. Sangare Hamed Yoro from "SAINT KALUCE SCHOOL" was the winner of this competition. his article has been appeared in our national daily press "le jour".
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Abel Tshimanga Kabasele said, “During the school year 2008-2009, we are going to begin to organize the days of retraining, housekeeping and maintenance of our heritage at least once a week and a campaign of sensitization of the population in the TV channels twice per month to continue always to awaken the population on these problems that touch our world. In developing world, the industries of paper have reached gigantic dimensions. These changes are enhancing the unconsciously consuming especially in developing countries. Unconscious consumption causes some environmental problems. This project can contribute to reduce, make reusable and recycle the wasted paper. This project can produce some solutions for the environmental problems, supplies economical profits, to be able to be applicable and be carried on for years, provides some benefits for environment and provides environmental consciousness for the society. This project participates in general in the campaign of sensitization on the environment in our community and in our school in particular. It is going to participate in the reduction of the deforestation through the country, the education and the plantation of trees like an initiative. As youth represents a quick strength to really lead this action, we are going to start with schools (class by class), then in the community. When every pupil will have understood the sense of the protection of the environment, he will have to lead an efficient action in their family and in their society. We have seen our project grow from a one school project to join school initiative with far reaching effects. With this project, we believe that we contribute to the solution of the environmental problems of our country and our world.
Mostafa Medhat Organizing the international iEARN conference in Egypt as a member of the program committee and much more.
Joyce Raafat said, “ Every year for the past 2 years now and back when I was still considered underage to travel abroad according to the rules of the Volvo Adventure Competition, I was already actively participating in many environmental projects since I spend a lot of time thinking about my beautiful environment and how to preserve it. One of the environmental challenges facing Egypt is Alexandria which is one of the cities that might be drowned by sea water because of the global warming phenomenon due to melting of huge ice mountains found in the polar continents. I believe that if we collectively do small acts to preserve the environment we live in, we could really make a difference, so I started to think of ways to help protect my people, friends and the world we live in. With this in mind, I attended a lot of conferences, especially those that deal with environmental awareness such as a conference organized by Habi Center for Environmental Protection concerned with environmental problems. Habi is a name of a Pharonic God of the Nile who was responsible to protect the Nile from pollution. We are going to encourage our citizens and government to increase the support and encourage them to plant and have small gardens in their balconies. If each student can encourage such activity to be done in their homes, we can accomplish a lot. These plants can be productive, such as herbs, vegetables which could also be sold for profit, Also we have here in Sadat City, where we live which is practically in the middle of the desert, what is known as a Tree Forest, which is cultivated using sewage water from the city, after its treatment instead of pouring it in the sea causing the death of aquatic life.
Tilahun Seleshi is one of the sound members of Tena Kebena, he started as a child coming to learn and now he actively participates in the running of the project and all of the work we do. For example promoting environmental protection, HIV/Aids prevention, clean ups in local areas, tree planting events and organizing the children’s events including our environmental sound band when the children sing, dance and play instruments to music about the environment. Seleshi helped build the youth centre and helps.
Jallow Mustapha said, “The Children for Children for Children Organization (CFCO) advocates for issues that include and respond to the educational, social, economical, recreational, spiritual and health needs of children in the Gambia . In recent years we have been carrying out various environmental programmes and projects among them are: Series of advocacy programmes in addressing the hazardous issue of the Bakoteh Dump Site which serves as a threat to the health of the SOS children's orphanage home and surrounding. Tree planting exercise in the community, schools, mosque, church and the popular banjul children's playground in the fight against deforestation. Participation in a video conference on SAFE DRINKING WATER with various schools in Europe and the America . We also participated in the 1ST International Water and Youth Conference in Argentina in April 2007. We have also been using our popular weekly radio program to sensitize the public about the environment. In recent times, after our participation at the Tunza Regional Children's Conference on the Environment, we launched an International Environment Project called the ''Soldiers of Environment'' children from 29 African countries joined this network. During the Cameroon conference Soldiers of Environment presented Short Drama's on environment. Our aim is to strengthen the movement in the 15 countries it exists. We are currently developing an action plan which we want to implement in collaboration with the Africa Children's Environment Network launched in Cameroon . In the Gambia Soldiers of Environment has been using drama as a means of sensitizing schools and community about the environment. We have also continued to use our weekly radio program at the City Limits radio to advocate and educate children and public about the environment. We organize weekly debates and quiz on environmental issues and engage organizations working on environment in panel discussions. We plan to launch Soldiers of Environment in 30 lower and upper schools across the country before the 2009 Tunza Children’s Conference in Norway and will encourage our members in different parts of Africa to do the same. Our participation in the United Nations Tunza International Children's Conference on the Environment 2009, will help strengthen the movement of the Soldiers of Environment to other children Europe, Asia and Pacific and the America . It would create room for partnership and networking among other organizations working in the area of environment. We will use this conference to share experiences and best practice.”
Mariama Dumbuva said, “This project is carried out by Global Unification the Gambia . It grew of our strong desire to create awareness among children about the importance of the environment and need to protect our country’s flora and fauna. Also through this project, we intend to harmonized the activities of school base environmental clubs to ensure a more positive impact in our concerted efforts to discourage the rampant environmental degradation taking place in country, notably the over cutting down of trees and sand mining. The project also aims to put children in the Gambia at the fore front in decisions making regarding the future of environment. To realize above objective, we have divided the project’s activities into three components: Advocacy, Tree Planting and Cleansing Exercise. In the advocacy component, the project is embarking on a bi-monthly radio talk show at Kids with Talent Radio (KWT). This talk show allows children to discuss and share ideas and raise their concern on topical issues affecting our environment. During this program, we also organize quiz competition on issue relating to environment conservation, child rights, HIV/Aids, among others. Moreover, children participation in the project is also train on public speaking and leadership skills. By so doing, we hope to improve their understanding in various fields, thereby making them better environmental protection campaigners. Tree planting exercise is another important component of our project. In this component, students from participating schools are encouraged to plant and take care of trees in their schools. As students, we guided and taught on tree planting techniques such as when to water the plants, type of soil required for any particular plant, by our teachers and volunteers from Global Unification The Gambia. Thanks to Mr. Ebrima S. Dem, a teacher in Apple Tree School and the founder of Global Unification the Gambia, the tree planting exercise is gaining ground in that school. Students are getting more and interested in the activity by planting trees in our school campus. We also hope to plant some these trees in strategic places or streets within the Greater Banjul areas. To do this, will be working closely with the National Environment Agency to identify key streets, where these trees can be planted. This, we hope would not only beatify the community, but also compliment our Government afforestration effort. Finally, the project is also participation in our country’s cleanse the Nation Day. This activity is organized by the Gambia Government, through the National Environment Agency. It is carried out in the last Saturday of every month, in which youth groups, women organizations and community at large come out to clean their surrounding. During these programs, we also mobilize our members to take part in this noble crusade.”
Frank Gyasi said, “Human get its living satisfactory from the whether atmosphere. it is unfortunate that, many factories, cars, animals and humans destroy the environment with pollution which affects the atmosphere. Abibimman Foundation club has found it as a bad habit in polluting the environment which is affecting the atmosphere as said above. Ozone layer is part of the earth atmosphere that has the highest number of ozone molecules. "yes it is true that, when we deplete the ozone layer, our next generation will suffer. There is another saying that " when one generation plant a tree, the other or next generation get its shed. For in 1970s and 1980s scientist began to realize that human activities were having detrimental effect on the global ozone layer. Research finders show us that the global ozone layer was been damage by increasing use of industrial chemicals call CFC's carbon. In most of our river waters, people soil the whole place with refuse and human waist. Again with people living their animals to the river side such as eg:(cows, dogs, pigs, goat and etc)they turn to destroy or pollute the river water. We here educate the inhabitants through film shows and house to house talks. We again organize a workshop for the people living in that community by educating them about the dangers of leaving their animals to destroy their waters and also advice people not to urinate and ease themselves into the river waters. Again advice those around the Coastal areas not to litter the seashore with refuse. We believe by the end of the summit, our organization will benefit with much experience of how to develop and protect the environment issues and the climate of the ozone layer. Helen Killer once said " Alone we can do little, together we can do so much". Therefore, we edge every human who understands much about the climate to educate the rest for us not to suffer as the research of the scientist states.”
Nana Ama Aboagye said, “Human get its living satisfactory from the whether atmosphere. It is unfortunate that, many factories, cars, animals and humans destroy the environment with pollution which affects the atmosphere. Abibimman Foundation club has found it as a bad habit in polluting the environment which is affecting the atmosphere as said above. Ozone layer is part of the earth atmosphere that has the highest number of ozone molecules. "Yes it is true that, when we deplete the ozone layer, our next generation will suffer. There is another saying that " when one generation plant a tree, the other or next generation get its shed. For in 1970s and 1980s scientist began to realize that human activities were having detrimental effect on the global ozone layer. Research finders show us that the global ozone layer was been damage by increasing use of industrial chemicals call CFC's carbon. In most of our river waters, people soil the whole place with refuse and human waist. Again with people living their animals to the river side such as eg:(cows, dogs, pigs, goat and etc)they turn to destroy or pollute the river water. We here educate the inhabitants through film shows and house to house talks. We again organize a workshop for the people living in that community by educating them about the dangers of leaving their animals to destroy their waters and also advice people not to urinate and ease themselves into the river waters. Again advice those around the Coastal areas not to litter the seashore with refuse. We believe by the end of the summit, our organization will benefit with much experience of how to develop and protect the environment issues and the climate of the ozone layer. Helen Killer once said " Alone we can do little, together we can do so much". Therefore, we edge every human who understands much about the climate to educate the rest for us not to suffer as the research of the scientist states.”
Marvin Oluoch has been doing an environmental music project and perfomed in concerts for World Environment Day and World Day to Combat Deserts and Desertification.
Harriet Tergat said, “Global Warming Global warming is becoming an increasingly major problem in the world today. The carbon dioxide that is being produced and pumped into our atmosphere is too much. It’s causing heat to be trapped inside the earth’s atmosphere creating a green house effect, greenhouse effect referring to the greenhouse in which plants are grown under controlled temperature. This is creating a big hole in the ozone layer, which is getting bigger and bigger each time as humans pump more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The earth’s current temperature is at 3.3 degrees Celsius hotter than it would be if we weren’t experiencing global warming, and if not stopped over the next ten years this temperature will rise. Even though it may take us ages, we can help our earth and make it a better place for mankind to dwell in. One way we can personally help is by planting trees. All the deforestation and acid rain have caused our tree population to drop, and also the decrease of oxygen in the atmosphere. Another way is by riding bikes, buses, or walking to places, instead of driving there if it is close. This way we could cut back on the carbon monoxide being produced by cars, and other machines that use crude oil. There are lots more ways to help and we should do our best to secure our beloved earth. My peers and I have taken action with this problem; we have planted a few trees around our school’s campus. We ride our bikes to near by places; this saves fuel exhaustion and our parents’ money. Attending this summit will help me be more aware of how global warming is affecting our environment, and how it can change our lively hoods. The United Nations Environmental Program can be our leader to helping us stop global warming. The world should start using alternative energy sources such as solar, wind, and geothermal power. In some parts of Kenya they are using wind power up in the Ngong Hills, they use this source of energy to power transmitters. Many countries have taken notice of this situation and are acting on it; I say we should join in and help in this truly worthy cause.”
Wendy Jepchumba said, “I have been involved in the scouts movement for 3 years. We go for a march in Nyeri where Lord Baden Powell was buried. We plant trees round the school. We visit gardens and national parks in Nairobi like the Nairobi national park. I love the environment.”
Kennedy Gacheru said, “Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA) started in 1987 as a small self help youth sports and slum cleanup project in the Mathare Valley, one of Africa’s largest and poorest slum. Today over 19,500 youth participate in the MYSA self help sports, slum clean up, AIDS prevention, leadership training programs, Anti child labour programme and other community development activities. In 1988 MYSA pioneered the linking of sports with development activities, it has since spread globally. For over a decade now MYSA has demonstrated remarkable capacity of even the poorest youth to organize their own sports leagues also contributing to development in their community. For example, in addition to playing matches every weekend the MYSA teams undertake Environmental clean up projects and earn six points in the league standings for each completed project. This has been through peer to peer counselling, advising the young players on the importance of a clean environment, formation of young MYSA Environmental groups in 34 primary schools, awarding 6 points to a team that participates in at least one successful clean up which translates to the MYSA scholarship/award scheme at the year end and also awarding the best zone. Problem in the slum: Lack of clean piped water in most of the schools, Lack of storage water tanks in schools with over 1000 pupils, Lack of enough knowledge on water conservation and harvesting, Uncollected garbage (MYSA) has for the last two years been helping 34 primary schools within with knowledge on how to conserve water in their respective school and communities where pupil come from Poor infrastructure has for a long time denied slum areas to develop. The use of excess plastic bags which end up blocking drainage systems and creating breeding home for mosquitoes. How we have managed to solve the problem: write essays and hold discussions to raise awareness on environment, practice water harvesting using tanks especially during the rainy seasons, encourage proper waste disposal to stop waste ending up in waterways (pipes), organize community service clean up on a weekly basis and campaign against littering, tree planting along the roads.”
Koli Margaret led workshops in India on youth involvement in peace and environmental issues with the united religions initiative. She also represented youth in the UNEP 25th and 24th GC/GMEF where she presented the youth statement.
Tina Parker said “The project; Kids for the promotion of good environment was designed with a specific goal to help improve the Benson Street community sanitation effort, which was initiated by the government of Liberia . We launched this campaign in the drive to buttress the efforts of our government by providing awareness information about cleanliness and at the same time, getting rid of garbage and other wastes. The initiative has since impacted the Benson Street area by the improved sanitation the people now enjoy. At first, there were urine and other body wastes seeing all over the street thus made it difficult for people to pass-by but now, the commuters have embraced the project and are contributing to its sustainability.
Josetta Nufeville; the organizing of an environmental club in her high school and the subsequent planting of trees in a reforestation drive by the environmental club.
Andria Miharisoa Ramangaso Aina said, “I hope to attend this conference, so afterwards I can mobilise the children and manager of my school to do some green activities. My country is rich in biodiversity, so we can use this and to sensitize the population for this new technology to protect environment.”
Jesila Jugroop participates in numerous environmental activities, including recycling books and redistributing to people in the village.
Ankouri Nessrine advocates for peer education on the environment and participates in workshops for young people.
Anto Ali said, “In partnership with Ministry of Education and Agriculture, the Ministry of Environment launched a project called Escola verde, Escola Gira. The project consisted of creating green spaces in 33 schools along the country. At the end of 02 years from 2007, will be evaluated and the winners will be awarded by the major mobile company MCEL, with equipped computer room. The selected schools create a group which take care of the green space, and the other students collaborate. One teacher is responsible to dynamite the activities.”
Lydia Illeka said, “Introduction This document serves as a motivational letter for my profound interest in attending the upcoming TUNZA International Children’s Conference on the Environment scheduled for August 17-21, 2009, DAEJEON, Republic of Korea . My name is Lydia Iileka. I am 12 years old girl. I am currently doing Grade 8 at Hochland High School situated in Windhoek , Namibia . I have a keen interest in conserving nature and environmental cleanliness. I am a member of Hochland High Environment Club, very active and I was elected in September 2008, to be the leader of the school Club. Our Environment Club Commitment Re-affirmation Just like most other stakeholders, the world over, I continue to re-dedicate our unwavering commitment to further advance our continued contribution towards the UNEP’s noble cause. We actually first got on board last year (2007). Ever since, we have not looked back. This year’s edition in Norway (June 2007) was another milestone, not only to Namibia but to Africa as a continent â€“ linking us to the whole world. We view our participation in next year’s conference as essential for our advancement of our local environmental projects that we are currently running. But most importantly, we crave to continue as part of the international team that tirelessly strives for finding lasting solutions to our global challenges, and sustainability, thereof. Environmental Club’s Highlights. 1. The Tree-Planting Project is one of many of our success endeavors. Since last year â€“ 2007, we have been planting trees on both World Environment Day and Arbor Day. Most importantly, these trees are not only planted and left to survive on their own, but taken good care of by watering and protecting them from all sorts of potential dangers by my School Environmental Club. We have planted, in total, 236 trees thus far. All these trees are actually blossoming so well. The Tree-Planting Project primary objectives are two-fold. These are: - to establish a vegetative (green) make-up to the school premises, and - for the provision of shade to the school community members. 2. Another Environmental Club’s success story is one of continuously maintaining cleanliness on the school grounds and the surrounding areas. We use to make sure that litter bags and bins are made available and accessible to all especially during break time and social gatherings. We use to make sure that no tap should be left running throughout. Our school was awarded as one of the cleanest school in Windhoek . We also used to take part on City of Windhoek Waste Management cleaning campaign of our city on Saturdays. Potential Benefits of Korea Conference, August 2009. Attending next year’s Conference, will definitely benefit us through interactions with other partners- individuals, NGOs, governmental institutions, and so forth. By sharing ideas on how much of a difference our projects are making in our respective local communities or countries will, without a shadow of a doubt, expand our view. It will further help us all to learn from one another as to how best we could collectively address our global environmental challenges. More so, in the light of think globally and act locally adage, it will be a good opportunity for me to meet other young environmental champions in order to learn more on how do they do their environmental activities by speaking to them and looking at their projects. Of course, we all know that our environment is fragile. Therefore, it is incumbent upon all of us to continuously seek the best and sustainable ways of protecting it by engaging in both national and international interactions. These types of Conferences on issues affecting the environment we live in, will definitely help us become even more aware of any potential dangers and ultimately devise some sustainable strategies to avert those dangers.”
Jumbo Boma’s most successful activity is a project titled ‘Litter Free Project’ which she began in 11th Grade. The main aim of the project was to reduce the amount of litter found around the school environment after each visiting day when parents will visit their children with food items. If waste was found beside an individual/family, such a person/family will be fined a sum of money. As the student in charge of the project, she would go round to check for littered areas as well as place bins.
Christopher Anulunkor said, “After my participation at the Yaoundé Children’s Environment Conference in 2007, I stared a community tree planting exercise in Luigi Barracks Community in Abuja , Nigeria . Last year I submitted about 30 photos of the project. Over 20 other children have joined me and our trees are growing to act as wind breakers in the community. We planted both fruit trees and economic trees including flowers. In 2008, I gained admission into Austica Memorial College Nanka ( Anambra State Nigeria ) about 10 hours drive from Abuja where I did my primary school and started my Tree Planting Project in 2007. After the Stavanger Conference in June 2008, my chaperone Dr (Mrs) Uju Okoye came to my new school to explain to the Principal and the school authorities my involvement in TUNZA programme and to get them to support me in my new project in the new environment. The happily agreed to support my efforts. I thereafter started the school tree planting and environmental education project. On the World Tree Day on 27th September 2008, all my classmates were encouraged to plant at least one tree each to commemorate the day. The project in the school is that every year all the new in-takes will plant one remembrance tree each. The school club is named Young Voices for the Environment (YVE). I am involved in environmental education of my peers both in my school and outside. My chaperone is supporting me in this. During the first National Environment Summit held in Abuja 20th - 21st October 2008, we mounted a TUNZA Exhibition stand where about one hundred school children from different schools and adult participants were told about TUNZA children’s environment programme. Books and materials we got from UNEP at Stavanger were displayed for other children to see. In the New Year, we plan to reach more schools and more children as part of our enlightenment project.”
Catherine Uwimana works with Nibyiza Group, and her work focuses on transforming local communities surrounding universities in Rwanda into eco-friendly communities.
Abdou Rahmane Gaye said, “Climate deterioration and the dangers it entails is a global problem and Senegal is not exempted. Being mindful therefore of the hazardous consequences our negligence and indifference to this global problem will engender in our community, we have put together the project operation save our climate to raise awareness, motivate as many as possible actors of our community and actually work together toward protecting our climate and maintaining healthful environment. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this project is to protect our climate on the one hand, and to enhance and maintain healthful environment on the other, which will in turn eradicate or reduce common diseases such as malaria and cholera This we hope to achieve by: Creating awareness in our community of the deteriorating condition of our climate, Mobilizing, training (where necessary), motivating and facilitating as many as possible actors (Students, Parents, Teachers, leaders and entire populace of the community) to execute meaningful operations toward this noble goal, Planting choice trees in possible places to maintain greenery, clearing bushy environments, gathering and disposing off garbage, and cleaning dirty gutters periodically to improve and maintain sanity in the community. LOCALITY AND PROMOTER Operation save our climate was birthed in 15/ 01/ 2007 in the district of Fatick. Madam Mame Bousso Seye is the founder of this project. MAJOR ACTIVITIES Being aware of the fact that the success of this project depends largely on the positive conducts of our citizens toward the environment, we try as much as possible to sensitize them. This we do by mobilizing all the students in the community through their Principals, Head teachers, and teachers (These leaders automatically become partners to this project). These students, who are our prime actors due to their accessibility and their capacity to understand the values of a good environment, are then trained, motivated and facilitated to execute deliberate operations in line with our major goal. The impact of our initiated actions provides us a platform to organize seminars, workshops and forums with the society at large. At which time we sensitize and motivate the community to uphold positive conduct and patriotism toward our environment and climate. Furthermore, we reach out outside our district to the various communities in the country to make partners to the vision, and facilitate them in any possible way, thereby covering the whole nation at large.”
Joseph Kamara said, “Environmental issues in my community and how me and other colleagues are helping to solve it. This Is project that have change my local community positively and it is also a project that have fastrach development and civilization in my local community. This project is purposely to sensitize people in my local community about all the negative things that are affecting our local community, and some of this things are constant flooding, deforestation, climate change(constant raining , heavy wind blew etc) FLOODING Women children’s, youth and young people usually lost their lives in this flooding which is course by climate change in my community, some houses that are not properly constructed usually been broken which is the course of the heavy and constant flooding, properties usually been spoiled young people also have been drowned in the flooding/water that why we as young environmental activist are sensitising people in our community and we are coming up with these fantastic projects towards the development of our peaceful community DEFORESTATION In this environmental project we are sensitising people about deforestation and we are also practicing what we are preaching by sanitizing our colleagues too about all these negative things that are affecting our local community because children’s can understand children’s more more than adult or elderly people. In my community and country we are facing a big problem which is constant deforestation and they are not aforestating, so we are also sanitizing people in our project about aforestating and we are giving ourselves tax to go to deforestated areas in our community and planting trees so that people will learn from our action more than our figure because majority in my community have never been to school and they don’t know how to read and right. CLIMATE CHANGE (HEAVY WIND BLEW) In my community we are facing a big problem with climate change that why we include it in our project although we are children we are not so mature to arrange a standard project but still we are doing it our own way so changes will be in my community.”
Isata Mallam Bello has helped the organization in recent years building the capacity of our environmental project which is door to door waste collection that has created employment for 40 youth of the organization. She has increased the customer databse and has raised enough funds to pay the workers on this environmental project. Presently, working on the organization, sorting and recycling project is her belief her that recycling some waste products would be ideal to help promote employment opportunities.
Lerato Dingane has been involved with the CEEP Wetland Studies for a year this group has been studying the wetlands, the plants, animals, birds and insects. Lerato has also been studying the weather when she has been visiting the wetland. The wetland studies include a section where the learners write a section on their communities. These wetland studies are shared with learners from around Africa who have also been studying their wetlands. Lerato has learnt about children in Kenya, Benin who speak mostly french, Seychelles where they have different birds to the birds we have here. This has resulted in the learners becoming more aware how important wetlands are for purifying water, as habitats for many birds and animals as well as places for people to get reeds so that they can make baskets. Lerato has also been attending wildlife camps where she has learned about the environment. Some of the environmental problems Lerato has been made aware of is the degradation of our wetlands and she is going to be involved in the monitoring of this wetland.
Harris Bonginkosi Harris as one of the hard working members of the organization, has written a very comprehensive and succesful paper on ground water utilization towards sustainable development for an international students contest organized by the International Year of Planet earth (IYPE) in december 2007. This is what made him to go and represent the organization in Paris-France on the 12th of Febuary 2008 during the Global Launch Event of the (IYPE).
Janeth Rumanyika has managed to successful organize the Environmental Education in more than 150 Primary Schools in all the 3 Districts here in Dar es Salaam , Tanzania . In addition to that also she coordinated the tree planting campaign in all 150 primary schools, and as that is not enough also she has managed to help the establishment of tree nursery here at the University of Dar es Salaam . Christopher Joseph has successful conducted Public education in more than 21 villages at Kisarawe District.
Honore Aholou is part of a small project of children in our locality which is to form 5 groups of 10 persons in each district in order to clean our road, school ground, market, field. It takes place every Saturday with our fathers, mothers and some volonteers, we do our effort. The objective is to build a world without any dirt and reduce diseases.
Mugasha Donvan is currently undertaking a undergraduate study in his field on how carboon trade can be used be used as an incentive to avert deforestation of tropical high forests in a district in Western Uganda. Mugondi Kapel Jerome is a community forestry student that has a keen interest in how communities that are adjacent to forest reserves can be incorporated into the management of the forest as a resource to foster sustainable use. He did work with communities sorrounding mabira central F
Judith Gakuru is part of the club and her recent successful activity was during the cleaning of open wells (3) around the school. Each term members of the wild life club move out to the surrounding areas and do some community work. Judith headed one group of 20 students to clean the bushy and dirty water sources. The bush around the well was cleared by slashing and digging was employed to clear some areas which were badly off. An outlet was cleared to allow the flowing of water to avoid stagnant water.
Emmanuel Kyeyune Musa said, “Environmental Management for Livelihood Improvement Bwaise Facility [EMLI Bwiase Facility] Climate Change Programme EMLI Bwaise Facility’s objective is to strengthen the ability of communities to integrate Climate Change responses into the National Development Plan consistent with the UNFCCC and within the broader United Nations approach for dealing with climate change. The objectives and expected accomplishments focus on providing environmental leadership and democracy in the four areas prominent in the international response to climate change: adaptation, mitigation, technology and finance, and their interlinkages. EMLI Bwaise Facility is conducting a pilot project on integrating schools in mainstreaming Climate Change in Uganda . Currently the schools programme is being conducting in Schools located in Kampala and later the programme will be extended to up country schools. The programmes aim at; Improving understanding of climate change science: As an environment science-based organization, we make available better and more relevant scientific information on climate change impacts to the country’s decision-makers and help improve capacity to use this information for policy purposes, as well as providing scientific, legal and institutional support to negotiators and their institutions so that they can meaningfully contribute to a strengthened international regime on climate change. Communicating and raising awareness: working with partners to improve understanding of and promote action on different aspects of climate change, targeting policy-makers and negotiators, NGOs, the private sector, media, children, youth and the public at large. The reason for attending the summit is that the Child will present his basic knowledge on climate change and how best he can communicate to fellow children in laying strategies to combating climate change in the African perspective. The child’s participation shall portray an image to fellow children that aspects of Climate Change relate to them since they are also prone to Climate Change effects since it is the greatest threat against humanity.
Marion Nsimenta said, “Kanyiginya women drama actors conservation project promotes environmental education through children in primary and secondary shools in L.katwe Kasese District. This is an enclave in Queen Elizabeth National Park and therefore its is important the surrounding community including children are playing a key role in conserving this natural resources by educating the communities, tree planting, sanitation and water and general community awareness. Attending the summit will help me as a child and other children’s voices to be heard. I will also disseminate the resolutions of the children’s conference to other children in my community. It is also a way of networking and experience sharing on what other children are doing in other countries in regards to environment.
Kachenga Lupupa, She has proven to be one of the most successful members in YEN-Zambia with her commitment towards the Think Green outreach Programme…she has participated in more than 15 schools and youth organizations we have visited whilst conducting youth led interactive talks on climate change and Global warming and mobilized young people to participate in tree planting activities and other environmental events. She has recruited a number of young people from her campus
Chola Mumba said, “In Zambia, the Green kids under YUNA-Zambia have been running various environmental projects within and outside Lusaka . Two of these are the Kids Environment TV Programme and the "On the ground" activities. Under the TV programme, we have tried by all means to bring to the level of children issues like climate change and global warming. We have been using this as an education tool for both young and old people who may have difficulties in understanding these issues. We use the same platform to refer to the many environmental challenges our country is going through. For example, we have been talking to kids and the government about deforestation and industrial pollution of water and air. As a way of helping find solutions to these problems, last year as part of WED [5th June] celebrations, we engaged kids across the country in planting 1000 trees in schools and a hospital. We have continued planting tree and urging others to do the same. We have continued to engage kids in various activities like waste collection and education on the need to dispose off waste correctly. As a member the Clean up the world campaign, we have continued to work with fellow school-going kids in various activities before after and during the Cleanup the world week. This year, we organised about 60 kids in a peri-urban area and collected garbage. It was great fun! Other similar programmes include maintaining clean surrounding at school and in our communities. Next year, we plan on expanding our range of activities by educating people in the rural areas on the dangers of unsustainable harvesting of forest resources like trees and other related products. We are also negotiating with the Ministry of Environment on the need for it to consult with young people every time developmental decisions are being taken. Attending the summit me in so many ways; I will learn what my fellow kids are doing in their countries about the environment, I also want to teach them what we have been doing in my country about the environment.
Murwira Tariro advocates for sustainable development through the Zimbabwe Youth Environment Network. His main activity is the adoption of the Masuwe River , a polluted river cutting across the Victoria Falls-Bulawayo highway, where he coordinates the project.
Mildred Hove said, “We planted many trees and flowers which surrounded the school as a sign of beautifying and we have our school orchard where we plant fruit trees such as mango, guava trees to mention but a few. Since we started out project, we have noticed a big change where by we are saving many people’s souls. This provides us by knowing how to plant trees and we may have foreign currency and we may have access to do want we want to do.”