Hi. Valerie here. You last heard from me when I reported on the PASA Education Workshop in Uganda which I attended. Today I’m reporting on my wonderful time I had at College Baptiste St Sylvestre (C.B.S.), a secondary school located in the Nyange Sector of Musanze District. On behalf of its environmental club members, the school invited Art of Conservation to speak with the students. With great pleasure, Julie, Mary Burns, an AoC board member, and I accepted the invitation. The school’s students believe in Art of Conservation’s environmental care and protection and wanted to learn more about what we do!
Julie, with me translating, shares her experience in environmental care and protection at the school hall.
These secondary students were so enthusiastic as Julie spoke in English and I translated and Mary took photographs. Julie encouraged the students to be role models in conservation so that their younger brothers and sisters can refer to them. They were like.. yes.. yes…!
Mary Burns, an AoC board member, with Ntirenganya of College Baptiste St Sylvestre’s environmental club are ready to plant a tree!
The students, especially the environmental club members, appreciated Julie’s ideas and advice in becoming great conservationists and agreed with her when she suggested to them to do a lot of research about which tree species to plant during their tree planting activities. She always encourages planting indigenous species instead of eucalyptus, depending upon ones objectives of course. For example eucalyptus is everywhere and it takes lots of nutrients from the soil robbing native species. It was funny though because when we were asked to go outside to plant trees next to the school we planted what they offered and it was eucalyptus! For them, planting these eucalyptus seedlings was a gesture of showing that they care for the environment and they know that planting trees play an important role in soil erosion prevention, attracting rain, and air purification.
College Baptiste St Sylvestre Environmental Club members present drama, dancing, and singing with conservation messages.
The club members had prepared poems, songs, dances, and drama that were full of strong messages about conservation and environmental protection and which made every one laugh with delight. Through their acting they showed the importance of trees, consequences of poaching, and being rewarded for taking care of our natural resources. All of their games pleased and inspired the audience. I felt like I could be part of the club and stay with them. Their drama reminded me of my childhood! It were so nice to watch!
The event was a great opportunity to see what environmental clubs are doing. Mary, Julie and I learned from them and they did from us. They’ve requested partnership from AoC which we hope will be beneficial and strong! It was a great and enjoyable day!