By: Emily Mikwa
Two more schools, Rabuor Primary School in Nyando sub county and Usoma Primary School in Kisumu West sub county have joined the rest as champions in tree planting in schools under the Green Cities Initiative.
This comes after tree planting demonstrations in Union Primary school and Tido Primary schools. The four schools are targeted to become centers of excellence where people will learn the best practices on tree planting and management.
The tree planting demonstrations was organized by County department of Agriculture in partnership with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as part of their conservation efforts geared towards attaining 10% forest cover and to achieve sustainable agri – food systems and green lifestyles for better African Cities
The pupils from the 4K club in the two schools took part in the tree planting exercise as the primary planters giving them a sense of ownership and responsibility for the program which is aimed at providing a greener future for schools.
The tree-planting initiative is based on a realization that many schools have buildings in place but no trees to enhance the environment.
The students learnt a lot about the importance of conserving the environment for posterity. They also enhanced their knowledge in environmental conservation and protection. This inculcated a sense of responsibility in them to become environment champions both at school and at home.