RCE Minna - 2018

SUSTAINABLE HOLE DIGGING PRACTICE METHODOLOGY
Basic Information
Title of project : 
SUSTAINABLE HOLE DIGGING PRACTICE METHODOLOGY
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Minna
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Name: 
Dr. Abdul Husaini
Organizational Affiliation: 
RCE Minna
Format of project: 
Audiovisual
Language of project: 
English
Date of submission:
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
SDGs
At what level is the policy operating?: 
Local
Geographical & Education Information
Region: 
Africa and Middle East
Country: 
Nigeria
Location(s): 
Minna, Nigeria
Address of focal point institution for project: 
Minna, Niger State, Nigeria
Ecosystem(s):
Level of Education for intended audience:
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
Minna is a city (estimated population 304,113 in 2007) in west-central Nigeria. It is the capital of Niger State, one of Nigeria's 36 federal states. It consists of 2 major ethnic groups: the Nupe and the Gbagyi. The major activities of the local people is farming and hunting. Minna is about 150km to the capital city of Nigeria.
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
As part of RCE Minnas continuous drive to encourage sustainable tree planting methods as a means of reducing and combating the effect of climate change which is in line with Goal 13 of the SDGs,the centre developed a sustainable hole digging methodology which will aid the survival of plants as against the traditional practice of the digging thats is haphazardly done without concern for the survival of the seedlings. In order to change the tradition and to provide a very practical and easy to follow procedure, RCE Minna developed a four and half (4.5) minutes documentary on the various steps to follow when digging holes and planting tree seedlings. This is to reduce the effect of unsustainable planting techniques and the shock seedlings are exposed to during planting.
Contents
Status: 
Completed
Period: 
March, 2018 to September, 2018
Rationale: 
As part of RCE Minnas continuous drive to encourage sustainable tree planting methods as a means of reducing and combating the effect of climate change which is in line with Goal 13 of the SDGs,the centre developed a sustainable hole digging methodology which will aid the survival of plants as against the traditional practice of the digging thats is haphazardly done without concern for the survival of the seedlings.
Objectives: 
The main objective of the project is to avoid the lost of trees planted and increase the survival rate of trees.
Activities and/or practices employed: 
A video of four and half minutes have been developed, detailing the steps to be followed when e digging and planting seedlings. The specification was done for seedlings that are between the heights of 1.5m to 3m tall. The video contained a back explanation of the various step and a footage of RCE Minna members conducting the process as the voice over explains.
Size of academic audience: 
Approximately 2000
Results: 
A video of four and half minutes have been developed, detailing the steps to be followed when e digging and planting seedlings. The specification was done for seedlings that are between the heights of 1.5m to 3m tall. The video contained a back explanation of the various step and a footage of RCE Minna members conducting the process as the voice over explains.
Lessons learned: 
The major outcome is that this same approach of sustainable hole digging and planting methodology have been adopted for a project implemented by RCE Minna tagged School Empowerment and Nutritional Supplementation through Agriculture (SENSA). At the moment over 2000 trees have been planted and are currently surviving using the same methodology.
Funding: 
RCE Minna
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture 
Indirect
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages 
Indirect
SDG 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
Indirect
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
Direct
Theme
Agriculture 
Direct
Forests/Trees 
Direct
Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development – Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 3 - Building capacities of educators and trainers 
Direct
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level 
Direct