In Mali, for its second year, the Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation in partnership with the Climate Smart Agriculture Network association in Mali (CSAYN Mali) has proceeded to the second 2018 Plant-for-the-Planet Academy in the Timbuktu Private School in Kalaban-Coura ACI on June 23rd 2018.
The goal of this project is to promote education and environmental culture to young Malians. The academy educates the youth about the causes and effects of the climate crisis, trains the children to become Climate Justice Ambassadors and motivates them to plant trees. About 65 children were made aware of the causes, consequences and potential solutions of the climate crisis with activities like the World Game, the World Café and working in school groups. Furthermore the children founded a club and chose their leaders as well as planted 3 trees in the courtyard of the school.
As mentioned earlier, the participants and facilitators had dynamic and interactive exchanges while participating in modules such as the introductory Plant-for-the-Planet presentation. This began with a presentation and a question and answer session afterwards to clear out potential misunderstandings in the group. The group continued and split up into 6 groups to play the World Game in which the participants gather around a map of the world in order to discuss themes like the classification of the most populous and less populated continents, their degree of wealth, pollution, CO2 emissions, etc. a rhetoric training followed, during this module, 5 volunteers from the participants had to read 5 texts on the effects of the climate crisis in front of the other participants in order to initiate the discussion on tips of public speaking art and postures to be adopted. The World Café and school group work has allowed all participants to be able to determine the main activities that Ambassadors of the Club for Climate Justice will want to do for the next year. Thus, as a plan of action, they agreed to set up activities for the restitution of the academy to their classmates, actions of trees planting and implementation of fun activities to raise awareness about effects related to climate change.
If you are interested in looking at more photos from the academy, check out our Flickr album.
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