April 22 is Earth Day. While earth day remains the largest civic event in the world with over one billion people from all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities participating each year, there is still a good number of the world population with little or no idea about this day. This year, Kenya Connect marked earth day by creating awareness of the day among three of its enrolled primary schools; Makaalu, Kituiu and Mbaikini. The target students were chosen from environmental clubs from the said schools, as they form an ideal group to focus environmental conservation awareness in their schools and the community. Over 80 students and their teachers converged at the Kenya Connect Learning Resource Center (LRC) where a workshop on earth day was conducted. At the beginning of the workshop, all the participating students were asked whether they were familiar with Earth day, and surprisingly none of them had heard about it!
To create a big picture of the planet earth in their minds, the students were taught on personal space and shared space and the need to keep both spaces clean. Environmental conservation begins with each of us maintaining our personal space clean and then taking a collective responsibility to care for the shared space. By using video songs, the students were taught on how to conserve the land, water and air from pollution. The students were divided in groups where they discussed on the main sources of pollution in their schools and community and what they can do to reduce pollution. During the training, emphasis was placed on recycling, composting and tree planting. The participants were taken through a detailed composting process and later they went outdoors and gathered materials around the LRC compound to feed in the composter. The students also planted trees within the LRC compound to mark the day. Participants were challenged not to wait for April 22 but to celebrate Earth day every day by taking good care of the environment and conserving the land, water and air.
To crown the day, our TSF (The school Fund) supported High school students took the lead and participated in the event by reciting poems and performing songs on environmental awareness and conservation. This training is just one of the little efforts we can make to reduce pollution. However, we feel it is a strong foundation in empowering our students to be better stewards of the environment now and in the future.
Here is a link to a YouTube video of one of the poems recited during the event:
Here is a link to a written version of the poem: Earth Day Poems