14 Eco schools committee teachers from 4 schools have attended the refresher and capacity building training as they oversee the environmental activities in the schools were they work. This training was organized by the Environmental Education department of A Rocha Uganda together with The Albertine Rift Conservation Society (ARCOS) at our offices in Gayaza Kyetume.
They went over approaches like the Eco schools 7 steps criteria which involves formulation of the Eco- committee, environment review and identification of advocacy issues, development of eco codes among other steps and IVAC (Investigations, Visions, Actions and Change) a teaching approach which helps teachers to deliver lessons effectively. The schools represented were Mugwanya Preparatory school, Kabojja, Gayaza C/U primary school, Kiira C/U primary school and Kitende C/U primary school.
Why the children? “It is the young trees that make up the forest. Whatever you teach a young child sticks with them for years. The teachers were tasked to however familiarize themselves with the children’s rights of Uganda and to endeavor to teach the children their responsibilities.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
The Eco schools programme is an integrated approach that encourages learners, teachers and the community to actively participate in protecting the environment through instilling responsibility and cultivating sustainable mindsets to create more environmental impact.