THE WORLD DAY TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION 2017
CELEBRATIONS AT CHELETA PRIMARY SCHOOL IN RUNDA ESTATE
This is an event that is held globally and helps young students to learn about more about forests and aims to increase knowledge about the key role forests play in sustaining life on our planet through outdoor and classroom learning. The programme encourages students to reconnect with their woodland heritage and instils them with a sense of ownership of their environment, which in many places, has become lost over time. This reconnection with the environment is intended to reassert the idea that our forests are a natural asset to be treasured and kept safe for future generations. While the focus of the LEAF programme is on tree-based ecosystems, the skill and knowledge acquired can be applied to any environment on earth.
Learning about Forests advocates outdoor learning and hands-on experiences, which result in the students getting a deeper and more involved in understanding the natural world. What LEAF ultimately strives for is to enable future generations to not only make environmentally sustainable and informed decisions in their lives, but also offers them the opportunity to rediscover the beauty and wonder of the natural world. Learning about Forests instills in students a sense of ownership in their natural surroundings. It rekindles in them the admiration which woodlands arouse and reminds them of the importance the environment plays in our lives.
It also educates them through hands-on learning, the LEAF programme educates about all aspects of the forested environment, encouraging students to understand and engage more with their surroundings. It inspires them to Learn about Forests how to use them and appreciate the wonderful things they do for us, from the wood we use, to the oxygen we breathe. In the Protection aspect, the students were encouraged through illustrative and field trips to realise just how important it is to protect and improve our woodlands.
Kenyatta University Environmental club Members Participated in these years Celebrations at Cheleta Primary School in Runda Estate, Nairobi. The event was organized under the Eco-schools and Learning about Forests (LEAF) Programmes. The bus left the campus at 9.30am and took an hour to arrive at Cheleta Primary School. On arrival, the students were welcomed by the master of ceremony who appreciated them for finding time to join the other invited guests. There were several Speeches by invited guest starting with the Executive Director. Green poems/songs/dance was done by schools with messages on sustainable environmental management and peace. This was followed by Planting of 2,000 trees by guests and participants and exhibition of green innovations/projects by participating institutions with the students enjoying every bit of the moments.
The event will benefit the students through exposing them to other groups working towards combating desertification, actively being involved in the exercise through activities such as tree planting, engaging students from high school and primary schools through interactive forums and by branding the University. They also contribute towards prevention of desertification and environmental protection and restoration. The event ended at 2.30.p.m with a vote of thanks from the organizers and to all the participants. The students had their lunch then drove back to the university arriving at 4 p.m
Dean School of Environmental Studies
KUNEC Officials/ members
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