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The project seek to promote biodiversity conservation and reduce land degradation practices through the teaching and practice of environmental awareness and skills in secondary education by establishing satellite tree nurseries in schools and reinforcing linkages and collaboration with local communities for sustainable environmental conservation protection. School children are selected for this project because they are seen as an effective channel to educate their peers, families and communities and through this project, they can as well identify their careers in different science disciplines.
To achieve our goals, we shall carryout out several activities that will in the long run translate into knowledge and the right altitudes on nature and its conservation in children. Some of these activities that shall be carried out both in class and on the field will include tree nursery establishment techniques, tree planting events, environmental sanitation activities, composting, waste management, nature outings to conservation sites. Existing school farms will also be used as laboratories for sustainable agriculture practices.
Additionally, the project as well designed to supplement and enhance secondary science education in schools in greater Kumbo area, particularly those without science laboratories, by offering hands on experience, guest speakers with occupations in the sciences or science-dependent fields, and field trips to science related job sites.
Science education in many schools is largely theoretical and abstract, as most students lack text books, and their schools do not have laboratories. We hope to inspire interest in the sciences by showing students the kinds of careers they can pursue with science background, as well as enhancing the activities they may already engage in such as farming and care of their immediate environment. This project received support through donations from the United States Peace Corps Volunteer. There is the desire to extend this program to many more schools in the region if further financial support is being guaranteed. (See project report here attached)