210 Students Take Part in Planting Trees in their Schools PDF Print



Mogadishu - “These trees will make our school beautiful. We will also get fruits from them in the future. I am excited to be part of it,” said Najmo during a tree planting event in her school.

During a ‘Learners' Satisfaction Survey’ conducted in 2013,  boys and girls said they would like their school more if there were trees, flowers and plants growing in the school compound.

In December 2014, children from seven schools supported by the ELMIDOON project in Mogadishu planted trees in their school yards. The activity, which was done over nine days, involved students from grade four and five. The involvement of the children will encourage ownership and appreciation of their schools; this will encourage school attendance and positive learning outcome.

The process started with the selection of the students who were going to represent their schools: Each school selected 30 students with an equal representation of girls and boys. The students were educated on the importance of trees in environmental conservation. During the learning sessions, the children compiled songs and poems to entrench the lessons.

Teachers and school authorities also supported planting of trees. “Participating in the improvement of their schools will motivate the students,” commented one head teacher.

“Plants are life and people are happier when they take part in the nurturing of life just like the students are doing by planting and watering the trees today,” mentioned a school zone director.

The students can already foresee the positive outcome of this exercise. Aliya, a grade four student: “The trees will make our school very attractive.”

By Salad Ghedi, Communication Support Officer




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