Another educative event took place today as new ambassadors were trained and discussed various ways in which they can further promote sustainable environment. The children were happy to see themselves in Plant-for-the-Planet T-shirts and for endorsing them as climate justice ambassadors. We had 5 schools in attendance and 55 participants in total.
The event started at 9 am when the proprietor of the host school welcomed all participants as well as the Plant-for-the-Planet coordinator Prince Olawuyi and his team. In his brief welcome address he congratulated the participants for being part of the Academy and informed them that there is need for everyone to support environmental initiatives. This was followed by Prince Olawuyi, who thanked the host school for providing the learning platform for a Plant-for-the-Planet Academy.
Plant-for-the-Planet Ambassador Ambassador, Victoria Akinrinola held the lecture “Now we Children Save the World”. She talked about how the Plant-for-the-Planet initiative was started, the issue of C02, the idea behind Climate justice, the causes of climate change, the effects and solutions. She charged the new ambassadors to stand up and take up environmental initiatives. In his words, the program coordinator Prince shortly further discussed Plant-for-the-Planet and its successes as well as climate change and its impacts in Nigeria. Participants asked questions which Prince Olawuyi did answer.
In the World Game students gained new insights about global injustice and engaged in a public speaking training.
In the following World Café participants planned actions to promote Plant-for-the-Planet and environmental sustainability in their schools and communities.
The participants were taken on a special lecture on when and how to plant and care for trees. The lecture was held by Mr. Olasunkanmi Dolapo, member of the Plant-for-the-Planet team and a trained forester. Afterwards the students planted Moringa Stems on a designated planting area.
After a refreshing break and an indoor game the participants returned to the hall to present their plans to their teachers and parents. Their plans include: Formation of Plant-for-the-Planet Clubs in their schools, collaboration with local media and the need to engage local politicians to support tree planting and clubs.
Other activities during the event included: Presentation of certificates to the new ambassadors, questions and answers, solidarity messages from their teachers and other guests.
In his closing remark Prince Olawuyi thanked the participating schools and their teachers.
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