On November 14th 2019 one of the first Academies in Nepal took place in Manthali, Ramechhap District! Near to one hundred, to be precise 81, children attended this Academy to become Climate Justice Ambassadors at the end of the day.
This day was made possible, because of the dedicative commitment of the Manthali Higher Secondary School. The event was free-of-charge for all the attending children.
The program started with the ice breaking session as the introductory part of the program where students got the chance to make introduction with all the participants. After that, the session was handed over to Climate Justice Ambassadors; Sudeep Ghimire to
give the presentation "Now we save children the world!” The presentation covered: sources of CO2, global warming, photosynthesis, the climate crisis, Plant-for-the-Planet and global justice. These topics were presented in a way suitable for children of the same age. In the subsequent question and answer session, the children had the opportunity to eliminate any ambiguities they may still have had.
The future Climate Justice Ambassadors were then divided into three groups to learn about global distribution and justice in the World Game. The children distributed playing figures, candy and balloons on the world maps laid out on the tables as symbols of the world’s population, wealth and CO2 emissions respectively. Eventually, the CO2 emissions and wealth were distributed fairly everyone has equal rights. After the World Game, the students were taken to the canteen for the lunch where they also had the opportunity to interact with each other about what they´ve just learnt.
Then we talked about Public Speaking Tips. The students were given some slots from the opening presentation that they had seen at the start of the day and they tried to present it to their friends. They gave each other tips on how to improve their presentations in the future which went really great.
The students were divided into the school groups to make their specific action plans for each group. Similarly some of the students were divided to discuss upon the ideas of the topics of Word Café. They had a huge group discussion to finally conclude their plans.
After every schools made their plan; each school group presented their ideas to everyone in the hall.
Finally, after the end of erudition modules, the students were already really interested in the most exciting part of the Academy: the Tree Plantation. Together we figured out the perfect spot to plant some trees and the attendees promised to care for the saplings. Altogether the students planted 25 trees of different species.
After a long, eventful, and enjoyable day, all 81 participants received their certificates, which finally recognized them as a Climate Justice Ambassador. An interesting day had come to an end. Apart from the experience and newly found knowledge, all new Ambassadors took with them a Certificate, Tree by Tree Book and of course the Plant-for-the-Planet T-shirt they collected at the start of the day. Teachers, Friends, organizers and guests were very impressed by the great performance of the children.
The team from Plant-for-the-Planet would like to thank all those involved for this wonderful Academy Day.
All photos can be seen here.
Do you also want to get active with Plant-for-the-Planet? Then simply join one of our Academies here and officially engage in the work of a Climate Justice Ambassador.