in Kenya

MIKA NOMINATION  EARTH CHAMPION AWARD. 

We have learned a lot from ENO and more so because of its flexibility. We can put all the learning in our own context regardless of where you live on this planet. That makes Mikas’ contribution special than many others .It is very accommodating and therefore involving a very big number of students and teachers across the globe

I am a teacher working with environmental on line (ENO) among students in Kenya. The major activity with the students is planting trees. In the past there was the tree planting campaign. In this campaign schools and every other institution have been planting trees. The trees would be a source of income, fuel, water catchments in some areas, wind breaker and thus checking on soil erosion just to mention a few. All these plus others are the benefits of tree planting as well as reducing the carbon dioxide in the air. 

I would put it that education for sustainability is a process which, enables people to understand the interdependence of all life on this planet, and the consequences that their actions may have both now and in the future on resources, as a community as well as their local one, and on the total environment. These decisions may involve various aspect of human life. Let may get to issues such as such as the economic, political, social, cultural, gender technological and environmental among others. Coming from the south this approach is more practical than the northern part.

Having  told the citizens to plant trees this and work is done ten years down the line a serious measure got to be taken in Kenya because sustainability was not considered while tree planting was going on. The eucalyptus trees were planted at water sources and near farm lands. The result is that rivers are drying up and the farms are no longer productive. Women have got to travel very far to get water for household use. The government had to come in advice people on how to get the indigenous trees at the water sources and river banks for the sustainability of the river. This is not just for that day but for the generations to come. A river in Kenya means quality life for a very big population just like any other resource available. Hence the issued of educating the population for sustainability is crucial. Planting trees is more than just an activity but life for today and tomorrow when looked at from a broader perspective.  

Ann Nganga  - Kenya 

ENO Director

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