SCHOOL BASED ENVIRONMENT CLUBS

Eco Green Initiative Environment Clubs

Eco Green Initiative (EGI) School based Environment Clubs (EGI E-Clubs) are one among six other EGI strategy projects toward public environment awareness on climate change and mitigation. This program comprises issues that address health, water and sanitation, tree planting with particular emphasis to multipurpose trees and species especially medicinal and fruit trees. The strategy offers children a unique chance to learn about the importance of trees and provides an opportunity for effective student participation in environmental issues and local mitigation of impacts of climate change.  We believe that EGI E-Clubs will spread environmental awareness to a diverse audience throughout our schools, homes and neighborhoods.  Student members are guided by EGI with convenient, thoughtful and practical ways to change their lifestyles to better the environment, provide stewardship toward a sustainable natural environment, and take active role in exercising this responsibility.

While what we do today echoes into tomorrow, we are aware that our world is becoming more and more environmentally conscious and EGI wishes to instill such forward character in the early lives of our students and the community at large.  We agree and know that together, we can and will create positive change.

It has become clear that the degrading state of the environment is as a result of human activities. A growing interest among students and teachers in environmental issues and their conservation led to action in the form of EGI School based Environment Clubs. The Clubs are voluntary youth groups formed in schools and communities, dedicated to protecting the environment by supporting and promoting conservation action.

EGI Clubs are a mechanism for raising awareness and to increase interest and youth involvement in the environment and the conservation at school level. EGI Clubs also provide an opportunity for schools to implement environmental conservation education programmes in Kenya’s CBC education system.

Strategies:

  • Educate and train EGI E-Club members on nature and character of local climate change, challenges and mitigation.
  • Use EGI E-Club as a forum for member students to express their views on local Environmental matters and awareness.
  • Establish nurseries for tree seedlings within compounds of participating primary schools and other public institutions.
  • Plant and grow Fruit trees within host school compounds, and other viable tree varieties at EGI E-Club members homes, lands and neighborhood
  • Manage specific EGI climate mitigation sub-projects in allocated public spaces. 

Pioneer sub-projects include the planting and growing of trees in the following:

  1. Hills (Muuni, Masue, KwaKamba, Maatha)
  2. Riverine and stream environments (KwaNgasya, KwaKyambo, Muooni, Ndiuni, Mukameni, etc)
  3. Spaces along roads (Emali/ Welovea, KwaSomba/ Mulala/ Mbenuu, KwaKotoe/ Kiuwani, Kwakotoe/ Kisaani, Kisaani/ Katingani, KwaMumbe/ Tutini/ Kalima, Welovea/ Mwasangome/ Mulala/ Matiku, Mulala/ Mwanyani, Katune/ Matiku/ KwoThuku, among others)
  4. Market centers (Emali, Kwakotoe, Mulala, KwaMutula, Matiku, Mwanyani, Kativani, Welovea, Mwasangombe, Tutini, etc)

EGI E-Club activities are designed to achieve specific goals and objectives such as increasing knowledge on the environment; improving skills; examining values and attitudes.

Activities are grouped into three categories

  • Awareness
  • Fieldwork and conservation
  • Recreational education.

Awareness

  • Creation of environment management awareness in schools, and among pupils and communities
  • Participation in awareness events such as World Environment Day, World Wetlands Day, and other environmental days and events;
  • Production and dissemination of Environmental Education (EE) materials
  • In-service training in EE for teachers and training in biodiversity conservation for Club members
  • Sensitization of communities on environmental conservation through the development of Website and Social Media content, Mobile App, Radio and TV discussion programs, meetings, conferences/seminars/forums, exchange visits, and the production and distribution of environmental Magazine/Newsletter

Fieldwork and Conservation

  • Establishment of tree nurseries and raising of seedlings
  • Management of allocated tree growing areas at Hills (Muuni, Masue, Maatha and KwaKamba) riverine environments and other public spaces.
  • Growing trees, habitat restoration and reforestation
  • Protection of traditional medicinal plants
  • Hygiene and sanitation (e.g. keeping the school premises clean/garbage collection)
  • Biodiversity monitoring (nature expeditions during which information on species and habitat conditions is collected

 

Recreational Education

  • Inter Club competitions on topics that show local relationship between environment conservation and livelihood.
  • Species identification
  • Dramatized plays, debates, essays and poems.
  • Educational trips, study tours, nature walks, excursions and camping.

The EGI School based Environment Clubs Management Committee is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Club. It comprises leadership officials elected from and by Club members (Chair, Secretary and Treasurer)

Specific activities include:

  • Developing and implementing seasonal and annual work plans of the club
  • Reporting on club activities
  • Expanding club membership
  • Networking with other clubs
  • Managing club materials and equipment

 

EGI Environment Club Master/Mistress

An EGI E-Club Master/Mistress is the focal person for the Club in the school or community.  Responsibilities include:

  • Provide guidance and leadership to members
  • Management, monitoring and evaluation of club activities and events
  • Assist EGI Secretariat in identification, development and actualization of Club activities and events
  • Sensitization on the rationale of EGI programs and common activities of Environment Clubs
  • Facilitation of the development and implementation of work plans
  • Ensuring Management Committees elections are held on time
  • Reporting to the school/community and EGI Secretariat on Club activities
  • Capacity building and Fundraising
  • Keep records, submit reports, notify financial issues, prepare and present budget/allocation requests to Patron/EGI Secretariat
  • Primary link between EGI E-Club and host school community

EGI Environment Club Patron

  • Provide guidance, advise, supervision and motivation to Club Master/Mistress and Members
  • Coordinates campaigns and advertises for the Club.
  • Identifies and coordinates sponsorship for material, financial and related support toward EGI E-Club activities.

 

EGI Environment Club Masters and Patrons

  EGI-E Club Club Master Patron
1 Emali    
2 Iviani   Ben Nziu
3 Kaliini Cosaine Malingi, Samuel Mureithi  
4 Kalima   Gerald Kilei
5 Kathuma Paul Kutenga, Evelyn Mutavi Tom Muteti
6 Katisaa    
7 Kiliku   Anthony Mukula
8 Kitandi    
9 Kiuwani    
10 Kwakakulu    
11 Kwakaleli    
12 KwaNgiti (Masue)    
13 Matiku Charles Tuta Moses Kivungi
14 Mbeletu Mathias Musau, Jacinta Ndambuki
15 Mbuthani    
16 Mulala Japheth Njagi Lillian Shumilla
17 Mutyambua    
18 Mwasangombe Beatrice Masai Julius Kavita
19 Nduundune   Mrs Mailu/Richard?
20 Ndwaani   Suzzanne Kamola
21 Ngelenge    
22 Ngoto    
23 Tutini    Athanus Kyalo Muange
24 Uthangathi    Jelvas Musau