The academy commenced at exactly, 9:30am. The academy had in attendance participating schools, teachers, the executives of 2004 Set Old students of the host school, our guests – The Assistant Director, Urban Beautification, Ministry of Environment, Oyo state – Mr Salawudeen J.O and Plant for the Planet teamPrince Olawuyi Seyi welcomes the participants and informed them about Plant-for-the-Planet. The power point presentation was delivered by Abiola Akinrinola and supported by the program coordinator. The lectures touched the following areas: Causes of Climate change, effects, solutions, Green houses Gases, Co2, Climate justice, Renewable Energies, objectives of the Climate Justice Ambassadors, etc. The participants were asked questions such as: How can we get seedlings to plant in our schools and communities? The needs for Plant-for-the-Planet to focus more on the northern part of the country? And many more. The program coordinator answered the questions.
The participants watched film – The Man who planted Trees and they had break and engaged in World Game. The participants were later broke into different groups (World Café) in which each group did deliberate on different major topical issues and what they can do to better their communities. Aftermath, The group leaders were taught on rhetoric and how best they can present in the public.During the Trees planting session, our participants were led to the field to plant by Mr Salawudeen from the ministry of Environment; also on the field were Executive members 2004 Set Old student association of the school of the host, teachers, friends and co-moderators. We planted 8 seedlings of varieties of trees like Orange and cashew.
The group presentations was done in which the group leaders informed the participants and guests about their determination to plant more trees, to promote the concepts in their schools and communities and solicit for the supports of their parents. The certificates were presented to the newly climate justice ambassadors. The participants were all happy.
In his closing remarks, the representative of Ministry of Environment informed the participants about various programs of the state government in beautify the state and prevent flood, He urged the ambassadors to visit the nursery site of the ministry, he said that would enable them to learn more about trees’ planting.
The chairman of the Lagelu Grammar school old students association (2004 Set) – Mr Peter Moses expressed his joy, all the teachers from other participating schools were also proud of being part of the concepts. The program coordinator in his closing remarks thanked all the guests and participants for their patience. The event came to an end by 5:30pm.
You can see more pictures of the academy in the Flickr-Album.