RCE North Rift - 2018

Green Clubs Mentorship Program
Basic Information
Title of project : 
Green Clubs Mentorship Program
Submitting RCE: 
RCE North Rift
Contributing organization(s) : 
University of Eldoret
Kenya Youth Climate Network
Center for Health, Economic and Social Justice
X-Generation Youth Group
Art Youth Research Center
National Environment Management Authority
Uasin Gishu County Government – Ministry of Education, Ministry of Environment
Format of project: 
PowerPoint
Language of project: 
English
Date of submission:
Saturday, May 19, 2018
A new teaching and learning method is being introduced in all secondary institutions to tame burning of schools, riots and drug abuse among learners.
At what level is the policy operating?: 
National
Geographical & Education Information
Region: 
Africa and Middle East
Country: 
Kenya
Location(s): 
Uasin Gishu County
Address of focal point institution for project: 
1125-20100 Eldoret
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
It is a cosmopolitan region with dairy and agricultural farming as the main socioeconomical activities. Many youth associate themselves with athletics as the main sport. Few farmers practice large scale farming with majority practicing small scale farming.
Contents
Status: 
Ongoing
Period: 
May, 2018
Rationale: 
The program seeks to mitigate some of the challenges that schools face such as lack of specially trained teachers on environmental matters and the requirement of efficient teachers and students to change the methods of imparting environmental concepts. Environmental education is essential for a healthy and sustainable society. Many current environmental problems are due to ignorance of basic ecological facts of life.
The strategy is to provide tailor made approach that involves creating awareness on environment through forest conservation in schools. Participating teachers and students are provided with capacity building on environment and forest conservation. Thereafter, schools will be required with parents’ consent to set aside a portion of land in their schools to grow trees. The campaign will focus in mentoring both Boys and Girls in school. The transformed beneficiaries shall be expected to influence behaviors’ of the wider community around them.
Objectives: 
GOAL
1) To promote environmental education in all levels of schools.

OBJECTIVES
1) To launch a mentorship program and a competition in the North Rift region where the public and private stakeholders will be involved
2) To educate students on the importance of environmental conservation.
3) To train students to provide environmental conservation services to the communities.
4) To create 2 publications/newsletters on environmental conservation
5) To organize workshops for 200 secondary school teachers to be trained in how to maximize the use and dissemination of the materials.
6) To carry out a post workshop evaluation.
7) To organize Monitoring and evaluation workshops 3 months after the release of the publications and deliver a project summary evaluation to develop a strategy for possible further publications and a wider roll-out of this format of teaching and dissemination.
Activities and/or practices employed: 
In this program, the environment actors, Students will be involved in
1) RCE North Rift and CHES AFRICA grand Launch and mentorship Conference, Capacity building and Leadership in environment conservation and Management
2) Tree Panting Expedition, Sustainable development Goals sensitization,
3) Launch of Green Clubs, North Rift Region training on Conservation and Members of the green Clubs Influence the School and community to join hands in conservation,
4) Promote Networking
Size of academic audience: 
3000
Results: 
IMPACT
3,000 children reach an estimated 20,000 family members and a multiple of this within their communities. A large section of the population will be reached with a relatively modest material input.
This method of “bottom-up” teaching and dissemination is an important component of modern awareness building and marketing techniques. Young children play an important part in every family and community environment – they represent the future for all of us. As such they carry a loud voice within the community and are often instrumental in setting general behavioral trends. We are convinced that our 3 month post-project evaluation will show a definitive positive impact.
Lessons learned: 
The main challenge remains to be resources to facilitate activities
Key messages: 
Forests play an active role in achieving vision 2030 and in transitioning to a green economy (Economic development and rural livelihoods) over 2 billion people depend on forests for survival from the air we breathe to the wood we use. Besides providing habitats for animal and livelihood for human, forests also offer watershed protection, prevent soil erosion, increase capacity of climate resilience and mitigation and improve environmental health through supply of clean water and air.
Relationship to other RCE activities: 
This program is linked with RCE North Rift Eco-Saturday program (Community Cleanup exercises)
Funding: 
Not yet. Applications for funding underway

Pictures:

File Name Caption for picture Photo Credit
Image icon photo1.jpg (118.94 KB) Students during a green clubs mentorship lecture
Image icon photo2.jpg (222.61 KB) Green Clubs Launch with Minister, Water, Environment and Natural Resources, Tourism and Wildlife Management- Mrs. Mary Njogu
Image icon photo3.jpg (88.79 KB) Mrs Mary Njogu (left) CECM & Uasin Gishu County Environment Ambassador to the United Nations Lily Tanui (right) during tree planting session of Green Clubs
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 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
Direct
SDG 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all 
Direct
SDG 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all 
Indirect
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
Indirect
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
Direct
SDG 15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss 
Direct
SDG 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development 
Indirect
Theme
Disaster Risk Reduction 
Direct
Agriculture 
Direct
Curriculum Development 
Direct
Forests/Trees 
Direct
Plants & Animals 
Indirect
Waste 
Indirect
Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development – Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 1 - Advancing policy 
Indirect
Priority Action Area 2 - Transforming learning and training environments 
Direct
Priority Action Area 3 - Building capacities of educators and trainers 
Direct
Priority Action Area 4 - Empowering and mobilizing youth 
Direct
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level 
Direct