Little miss Anasoh planting a tree with a commitment to plant
two more in her school.
Besides these initiatives, ICADNG also conducts research in the community and documents related needs of communities so as to implement relevant intervention programs to effect community development, mobilize resources and reduce poverty in the community. As such ICADNG has had various projects in the past in the areas of Gender Development, Information Communication for Rural Development, Human Rights initiatives among other projects in the community.
Under Climate Change, they hold tree planting academies in the community where they bring a community of children, volunteers, members of the press and other stakeholders together to plant trees and set a practical example to the children on the importance of conserving the environment.
Below is a report of ICADNG’s 2nd and 3rd Tree Planting Academies in Nigeria.
2nd TREE PLANTING ACADEMY JOS, NIGERIA
International Center for Accelerated Development conducted her 2nd and 3rd tree planting academies in Jos Plateau state. It was a fun filled academy that took the shape of workshop, expositions and cultural display of different heritage and tree planting party.
Children representing different primary schools in the tree planting
academy pose for the press to remember the day they were trained
as climate ambassadors.
The 2nd tree planting academy took place on the 23rd of November 2013 at the St. Peter’s parish Kabong Jos with ninety eight (98) participants from ten (10) schools. The schools in attendance include:
· Millennium private school Jos
· Command secondary school Jos
· Daisy land divine academy
· Valley Pride Private school
· Royal rangers academy
· Effective Private school
· Global international
· Mariam kindergarten
· Timtop academy
· Beethoven’s college
The academy took place inside the St. Peter’s church with many dignitaries witnessing the opening ceremony including Priest, members of the media, the academia and parishioners who had come to lend support to their children and learn one or two things about climate change.
|Critical thinking and group work stage during
the word |
café. A period to examine who are the carbon emitters.
|Welcome our newest climate justice|
A total of one hundred and twenty trees and flower seedlings of different varieties were planted including forest trees, Melina, pine, economic trees like orange, pawpaw, mango and pear trees and flowers. Each of the children made a promise to plant at least one tree and nurture it until the tree survived and can carry on by itself; they planted one tree/flower within the premises and took one seedling back to their schools for planting.
The occasion was witnessed by the Nigerian television Authority, plateau radio television cooperation and two print Medias – Development times and the National Guide newspaper.
3RD TREE PLANTING ACADEMY PLATEAU STATE NIGERIA
|children working hard to draw up action plan for
future implementation in their schools.
Our Lady of Fatima Private hosted the event with ten other schools in attendance for the epoch making event these schools as follows:
· Fatima Private school Jos
· St. Theresa Girls school
· St. Louise College
· Government Day Secondary school Township
· Methodist high school
· Local Education Authority primary school Bukuru park Jos
· St. Paul’s Academy
· Nurture academy
· Mariam Memorial Academy
The event was witnessed by many dignitaries including the revered “Eze Igbo 1” of Jos, high level government officials and members of the paramilitary.
Each ethic group from different schools appeared in their cultural attire an
|Participants being supervised to ensure that get
it right |
in their bid to draw a workable action plan for
All the participants danced in a match past - cultural group by cultural group, after which, dignitaries visited each village were the paramount ruler (an elder) explains what the culture of the people were, their kind of food and where they originated from, the kind of trees found in their areas and its significance. It was an outdoor event because of the size of participants and schools. There was an unusual high number of children given the magnitude of the event, this eventually prevented the use of slide to teach the lessons of climate change, gaseous emissions and its effect on the human race although that was mentioned in the presentation and visitation of different huts.
|New climate justice ambassadors rejoicing upon|
graduation from the academy.
One other impact of the occasion was that the carnival allowed only for symbolic planting of few trees around the huts to symbolically show what tree does well in what community. Economic trees such as pawpaw (Carica Papaya), orange (Citrus) were planted while Cactus tree which is most common in Jos due to the cold nature and because many homes in Jos use it as means to fence their houses. Wild forest trees were also planted. The children made a promise to plant trees in their various schools when they resume from the Christmas break with a hope that it would rain then. Their materials had not arrived at the time of the event as such they were told it would be given to them later.
|Climate Justice Ambassador Miss Ruth|
Daniels asking the older one to stop talking and start planting