Environmental Education is a subject in Cameroon's Primary Education but there are many gaps to be filled to make it have sustainable development outputs; be relevant and of quality. Our main goal is to empower at least 500 school children from at least 10 primary schools yearly with practical environmental knowledge, skills and values; ensuring that they excel in environmental education subject, educate their peers, family and the community at large.
Environmental Education in Cameroon ends in the classroom and leaves the children without an opportunity to connect with nature and biodiversity. The project was developed and tested after GERAS recognized the high level of environmental degradation in Kumba (and its environs) and the level of ignorance about nature and biodiversity conservation. Environmental Education must strongly promote the need for personal initiatives and social participation to achieve sustainability.
From our pilot experience with three schools, few school children understand what the environment is. But when they attend lectures outdoors, they easily retain the knowledge. This in turn increases their grades, creativity, critical thinking and positive interaction with nature. Engaging young people in ecological restoration activities (e.g. tree planting) after fully understanding the reason for such an activity is the approach of GERAS through this project.
Children will grow up to be environmentally conscious adults and this will ensure a better protection strategy for future environment, further ensuring nature and biodiversity conservation. The Practical Environmental Education will possibly be adopted after a successful experimentation in many parts of Cameroon. The project will raise the children's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) knowledge. Meanwhile, the empowered children will be better placed to take informed decisions.