Boost for young learners in environment conservation

NEMA Director General Mamo Boru Mamo planted a tree at Maasai Mara University during the launch of Environment Clubs for Primary Schools. [Courtesy]

Learners from 30 different primary schools in Narok County have been trained in tree nursery management to impart knowledge to other pupils through environmental clubs.

The learners were trained Maasia Mara University under the Mama Doing good initiative being spearheaded by the office of First Lady Rachel Ruto.

They were sensitized on the importance of preparing seedlings and planting fruit trees which will also boost the community economically.

“The formation of environmental clubs today speaks to the consciousness of our students, they need to learn that this is my environment, it is my life and my responsibility,” said NEMA Director General, Mamo Boru Mamo.

“Our message as NEMA is to empower our learners, we need to develop a positive attitude towards our environment,” Mamo added.

The Director General who was the chief guest during the event at the institution noted that the authority has been working closely with Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) to ensure environmental issues are captured in the syllabus.

The environmental club’s initiative was launched by First Lady at Maasai Mara University last year and the institution will be used to train more learners.

Maasai Mara University Vice Chancellor Prof Peninha Aloo said training learners on environmental matters is a milestone for the community.

“We are training these children the way we should conserve the environment and we know that when they grow up they will not depart from it,” the VC stated.

She added that, “Our natural world face unprecedented challenges from climate change, pollution and biodiversity laws,”

For this reason, she noted that we must equip our youths with knowledge and skills to address these urgent and pressing issues.

“The launch of environmental clubs in primary schools signifies a strategic investment in the future of our planet through education awareness and practical engagement,” Aloo stated.

Pointing out, “we aim to inculcate generation of environmental leaders who are empowered to make informed decisions and drive positive change in their communities,”

Dawson Mudenyo, Director of Faith Diplomacy at the Office of the First Lady the move to involve learners in environmental matters sets a precedent for a sustainable development.

We reaffirm our dedication to nurturing a generation of restoration champions by engaging learners by equipping them with knowledge and skills to become saviors of our planet,” he noted.

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