It was a memorable moment for the students of the Kenya Environmental Education Network’s pioneer schools: Alung’oli Secondary and Primary, as members of the Environmental Education Clubs came out in large numbers on June 5th, 2018 despite the rainy weather to mark the World Environment Day at Mnazi Mmoja market in Busia County.
The students – who were joined by the members of the public – carried out a clean-up exercise at the market, public education on plastic pollution and eventually planted over 600 tree seedlings which were donated by the Busia County Government through the County Environment Officer, Mr. Dennis Chirande.
Speaking during the event, the Senior Assistant Chief Alung’oli sub-location, Mrs. Milayi Rabecca, who was also the chief guest, said, “there is nothing as significant as taking good care of the environment around us, and if we are to realize a clean, green and safe environment, we must all walk the conservation talk.” She thanked the schools and the members of the club in particular for organizing the event and pledged to support the schools’ environmental conservation efforts to set a landmark example in the region.
The other speakers were: Mrs. Lucy Okitaba (Principal, Alung’oli Secondary School), Mrs. Eunice Ajiambo (Village Administrator, Alung’oli), Mr. Misango Willingtone (Club’s Patron), Mr. William Ashiono, Ms. Mildred Angira and Ms. Jane Brigit.
Mrs. Okitaba highlighted the significance of all stakeholders pulling together in beating plastic pollution (the 2018 World Environment Day’s theme). She also urged the participants to freely share the knowledge they had gained during the exercise.
Kenya Environmental Education Network’s Green Schools Programme’s aim is to nurture a generation of environmentally conscious citizens and leaders who care about the well-being of the environment. Through the Programme, Kenya Environmental Education Network helps schools implement a hands-on environmental education programme that entails projects and practical actions aimed at tackling environmental challenges, creating awareness, promoting practical and experiential learning as well as generating income for the school.