IDEAS FOR UGANDA HOSTS THEIR FIRST PLANT FOR THE PLANET WORKSHOP
By Matovu Castor
On Saturday 13th August 2014, IDEAS For Uganda in partnership with Plant for the planet-Germany brought together hundreds of children from five (5) Primary schools in Kasese municipality who were trained about the climate crisis and these were sent back to their schools and communities as ambassadors of climate justice. These new ambassadors were from Kasese primary school, Royal Hill primary school, Day light Christian school, Aisha Primary school and Shalom primary school.
The workshop began with a presentation from two new ambassadors from Kasese Primary school. The presentation had topics ranging from the effects of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the melting of Green land ice, reduction of rainfall amounts and then discussing how children can deliver climate justice. This session was followed by a debate of about the essence of environmental protection.
The new ambassadors were the grouped into five focus groups (Think Tanks) to discuss strategies that can assist children deliver climate justice and earn them recognition from adults and fellow children both in their schools and communities and the results from each focus group were presented to all the participants.
Closing remarks were made by the IDEAS for Uganda team, head teachers, other guests and Mayor of Kamuli town council, His Worship Musaasizi David who who was the chief guest. He promised to support the children in his town council in their efforts to advocate for climate justice.The day ended with the “Stop Talking, Start Planting” tree planting party with the Mayor as the Chief Planter planting the inaugural tree and each participant took home a seedling.
The kasese workshop was followed by another in Kamuli town council on 20th September 2014 where the academy of children from Happy Hours primary, Bazallel Primary school, Trinity primary School, Canaan Junior school and Redeemer preparatory school. In both academies, each school made an Action plan that the ambassadors will follow to advance climate justice. So far, over 100 climate justice ambassadors have been trained by IDEAS for Uganda and sent to represent in their communities and, more ambassadors are yet to be trained in the upcoming academies this October.
– Matovu Castor
IDEAS For Uganda