We know that the environment must be protected because it's our source of life. Some of us have been taught how to protect it in school. However, this isn't the case in Kenya due to lack of a proper environmental education curriculum. MSI's project will take 300 primary school children in Nairobi, aged between 10-14 years old through a curriculum developed to equip them with knowledge and practical skills that they can use to conserve their environment turning them into Environmental Ambassadors
2017 Earth Day's theme was Climate and Environmental Literacy. A survey done by my organization found that there is low environmental awareness in Nairobi especially in children. This leads to poor environmental behaviours such as littering. MSI has developed a curriculum called Education for the Environment for 10-14 year old children. Here they can learn about conservation, moulding them into a generation of adults that will love and care about nature for continual environmental stewardship.
The Education for the Environment curriculum is an 8-week program that was developed to create awareness about environmental conservation in children both theoretically and practically. Through the program, children will be taught about litter, waste, recycling, trees, climate change, etc., in order to gain knowledge and skills and adopt new values that lead to environmentally positive behaviors. This will be done through classroom lessons and practical activities as well as out-of-class trips.
Environmental Education is an education for life. It is learning that transcends the classroom. The 300 children that will go through the EE program will have their reading, science, social studies, and mathematics scores improve. They will also develop the ability to transfer their knowledge from familiar to unfamiliar contexts, enhance their critical and creative thinking skills, foster leadership qualities in them as well as encourage healthy lifestyle as EE gets students outside and active.