The Sierra Leone School Green Clubs as a community based organization is engaged in the following activities: Agriculture involving local communities in Rural Western District of Sierra Leone, teaching local farmers on environmental friendly practices, village savings schemes to help boost local farmers’ income. We are again working with schools, colleges and communities in addressing climate change through training, sensitization, awareness raising. Have established school garden in ten schools in the western rural areas and waste management system, we also plant trees in deforested areas of the western area and planting economic trees in schools. We engage political leaders on issues of climate change and lobby legislations on climate change and global warming.
Agriculture involving local communities in Western Rural District of Sierra Leone, teaching local farmers on environmental friendly practices, village savings schemes to help boost local farmers’ income. We’ve established 10 green clubs, management systems and orchard gardens in 10 schools wherein each clubs has 50 members each. We’re working with schools, tertiary institutions and communities in addressing climate change through training, sensitization, awareness raising. We’ve planted more than 300 economic trees in schools and deforested areas of the Western Rural Area. We’ve engage political leaders on issues of climate change and lobby legislations on deforestation, climate change and global warming.
Succeeded in getting grassroots support and participation in the fight against Climate Change.
Partnership with E.U Delegation in Sierra Leone, 350Africa (AfrikaVuka), Environmental Agency in Sierra Leone (EPA), Ministry of Agriculture and food security.
We’ve won many awards ranging from local and international from the youth that do well in the SDGs in Sierra Leone (SDG2 Zero Hunger), Global Youth Climate Network (GYCN) Climate-Smart Entrepreneurship Contest 2018 as honorary (2nd Position) .ESTABLISHMENT OF 10 GREEN CLUBS AND ORCHARD GARDENS IN 10 SCHOOLS
With support from Sierra Leone Poverty Alleviation Charitable Trust (SALPACT), UK Charity, we undertook a project called Climate Change Mitigation Capacity Building for schools and communities in the Western Rural District of Sierra Leone.
The project is aimed at encouraging school children to change their perception of farming and agriculture, and to promote the growing of crops as a business and a way of life. Above all, it is hoped that in so doing, school children can become champions of environmental sustainability in Sierra Leone using participatory approaches that bring together stakeholders to share experience on climate change mitigation and adaptation.
In this same project we’ve established orchard gardens for schools and distributed farming tools to all the 10 schools we work with. It will help combat deforestation and educate students about sustainable agriculture. It will also provide a continuous supply of snacks for students once they grow and begin producing fruits (https://www.thesierraleonetelegraph.com/new-partnership-to-help-tackle-climate-change-and-deforestation-in-sierra-leone/)
PLASTIC WON’T REACH THE BEACHES
We’re presently working on a project called “Plastic Won’t Reach the Beach”- a social enterprise that engages 10 schools and slum communities in collecting plastic waste.
We will engage in an entrepreneurial activities that offer alternatives to plastic bags and bottles and process plastic waste into new products for sale (poles, fences, tiles, backpacks, and in the (distant) future 3D printed gadgets). We’ll organize the collection of plastic waste together with the 10 participating schools – in return for plastic related teaching modules and a share in the sales. The result will be a cleaner environment, affordable products which reduce deforestation, 20 jobs for school alumni, and a contribution to a relevant curriculum at the 10 schools in subjects like biology, chemistry, ecology, entrepreneurship, and geography, which can later also be used in other schools. The most innovative aspect is the close link between the enterprise and the schools and the contribution to an education more oriented towards the labour market and entrepreneurship.
When the project commences, it will directly impact 20 young people who find employment in the recycling enterprise, 3000 children who get a more entrepreneurial education, and the families and neighbours of the 3000 children who will be less exposed to flooding risks. Indirectly, it will benefit other regions in Sierra Leone, where the project will be replicated, and the other inhabitants of the Western Rural Area, who can enjoy a cleaner environment.
In partnership with Phoenix Voyage (PV) we’ve started a hamlet garden in the outskirts of Freetown that will serve as a learning hub for schools http://phoenixvoyageafrica.weebly.com/sierra-leone.htmlWe aim at targeting 5000 students taking public examination and currently in the ten schools and also 25 most vulnerable students who are at home but do not have access to radio sets because they can’t afford it and are losing out from the government’s radio teaching programmes.
For those taking public examinations they will be supported with wash materials and face masks locally produced. Health advice on COVID-19 prevention will be provided in the school by our team.
For those in homes radio sets will facilitate the radio teaching programme that is ongoing.
The impact will be that the chain of transmission of COVID-19 will be broken amongst the students and also the radios will aid learning while sitting at home.
The most important aspect in the COVID-19 fight is to break the chain of transmission. In Sierra Leone, the majority of people lives on less than one dollar a day or are “living on a hand to mouth” basis.
The COVID-19 pandemic affects the ability of most of these communities to find food for themselves. Some risk contacting the disease in the process. Sanitation also becomes a problem. Wash facilities are not adequate in most of these homes and communities.
Aim of the project: The aim is to provide sanitation facilities for 10 schools and 25 radio sets for our vulnerable students that cannot afford to buy one and to listen to the radio teaching programme. These are pupils that are not presently attempting the exams.
Objective: to prevent COVID-19 transmissions among students taking public examination in Sierra Leone and facilitate radio teaching programme to 25 students, thereby preventing COVID19 spreading and providing access to learning in the midst of the pandemic.
5,000 students taking public examinations and 25 most vulnerable who do not have access to radio set that are part of our School Green Clubs.
Items needed for the project