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The largest power producing company in the country, the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has trained over 100 teachers on the importance of environmental conservation in a bid to provide them with the necessary education on the topic so that they could pass it on to their pupils.
“To ensure school going children become environmental conservation champions in the future, we need to provide them with environmental education and mentor them to become the next generation of conservation leaders by involving them in forest conservation activities such as tree planting,” read a statement on the firm’s website.
“Parents, teachers, guardians too play a key role in ingraining in them environmental conservation practices to ensure that the country builds a sustainable future.”
Indeed, for children to become environmental champions, their interest in the matter needs to be propelled from an early age so that they are conscious and participate in activities involving the subject.
“To maintain a healthy lifestyle, children should be educated in a positive way about the environment in order to create a sense of consciousness and participation, and to help them acquire a knowledge of ecological principles aimed at ensuring a balance between the health of the individual, society, and the environment,” read an article by UNESCO titled, Educational activities to involve children in the protection of the environment.
Besides, environmental education has been found to help children perform better in social studies, science, language arts, and mathematics because it helps integrate academic disciplines, stimulate the academic and social growth of young people, this is according to the US National Environmental Education Foundation.
“In a world where it is increasingly challenging to get students interested in classroom lessons, environmental education offers an enriching way for both students and teachers to connect their appreciation of the natural world to academics,” read the report.
“Through this educators can restructure their curriculum so that they can meet state standards while organizing activities and multidisciplinary teaching units around environmental themes. Why environmental themes? Mainly because children have a natural interest in the environment around them therefore interested students are motivated students, and motivation is a key ingredient for academic achievement.”
Additionally; “Environment-based education emphasizes specific critical thinking skills central to ‘good science’ questioning, investigating, forming hypotheses, interpreting data, analyzing, developing conclusions, and solving problems.”
The initiative which is implemented by the KenGen Foundation, Better Globe Forestry (a Kenyan Afforestation company) and Bamburi Cement is in its second phase of its Green Initiative Challenge that was rolled out in 2015.
It seeks to green schools and communities in Arid and semi-arid land areas. “We will work with schools around the Seven-Forks dams, the project aims at planting trees in approximately 460 acres in Machakos, Kitui and Embu counties within the next ten years and reach 140,000 school children by 2018 and ensure they are benefiting from this programme,” said the KenGen Foundation’s Board of Trustees Chairman Mr. Albert Mugo.