On November 4th and November 10th two academies were held in Nigeria
Children at Divine Grace Model College and at the St. Lawrence College were educated to become Ambassadors for Climate Justice.
The event commenced at exactly 9:30am. The participating students from the host schools and other participating schools assembled at the host school’s hall.
At the Academy at the St. Lawrence College Program Coordinator, Prince Olawuyi Oluwaseyi welcomed all the participants, teachers and the vice principal at St. Lawrence College, as well as at Divine Grace Model College, where he welcomed the participants, teachers, proprietress of host school Divine Grace Model College and members of her team. He introduced his assistants/Colleagues and informed the participants about the objectives of the event. He urged them to pay attention to the lectures
At both events, the invited ambassador- Master Abdul Rahmon Adebayo started the lectures using Climate Justice Power-Point presentation ‘Now We Children Save the World’. He was supported by the Program coordinator
During the lectures, the Climate Justice Ambassador introduced himself, he discussed, the needs to protect the planet, the causes of Climate change (Natural and Human). He spoke about Green house gases, CO2, methane, etc. He took time to explain human induced activities which are the well pronounced causes of Climate change which he said it includes deforestation, emission of C02 ship, aircrafts, industries, etc. He spoke about the effects of climate change such as famine, drought, flood, climate refugees, rise in the sea level, etc He stressed on the needs to plant more trees, shifting to clean energy and many other things and needs for the participants to join hands with plant for the planet in realizing their objectives.
Series of questions were asked after the lectures which include: What would be the next project after the Plant for the Planet Academy, after 2018? How can we involve government in this project? How best can the program coordinator support the proposed club? How can we Climate Justice Ambassadors participate in the COP in the future? Etc.The program coordinator answered all the questions.
The participants engaged in World game in which they were learnt about various continents of the world, the major polluters and other low emitters in the world.
The participants watched ‘The Man who planted Trees’ and the participants went on break and they were resumed back. The participants were trained on how to make public presentation, during the event some brilliant students were selected, who then held the evening presentation.
The participants during their discussion came up with action plans to enable them further promote the concepts in their various communities. They came up with the ideas of forming a club, organise inter schools environmental competitions, Tree Planting week , and they also formed a committee to work on a Tree Planting event slated for next year in Ibadan, Oyo state.
The participants later went outside the Hall to plant some trees, in the field the participants were taught on how best to plant and the good time to plant and the needs to ensure that they nurture the trees well and guide it from being eating by animals. The participants at St. Lawrence College planted 3-palm trees seedlings, with the help of the school agriculture teacher at the garden of the host school. At Divine Grace Model College, 5 – Moringa trees seedlings were planted with the help of Mr Odewumi Oluseyi.
Other activities during the program are presentation of Certificates to all participants which was led by the head of the host schools, teachers, parents and supported by the Prince O Concepts’ team.
The dignitaries include few parents, the teachers, the head of schools’ and other invitees. They all made excellent remarks and urged the students to ensure that they further promote the concept in Nigeria.
The event came to an end at exactly 4:30pm. The participants were all happy despite little challenges and expressed their joy!
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