Environmental degradation, pollution, or overexploitation of a natural resources hamper economic progress globally (WorldBank, 2012-2022). Africa presents both the biggest challenge and the biggest opportunity for green action. While the continent has seen average annual deforestation rates fall to 0.5 percent in 2000–10, down from 0.6 percent in the previous decade, a considerable number of countries including Malawi continue to experience annual losses of forests and savannah woodlands of over 2 percent. It is therefore important that schools start to inculcate environmental conservancy practice in students to save our planet. This is so because students are future decision makers, and they have a long time dependence on the environment. In other words, teaching students pragmatic environmental education is the best way to enhance “ecologically sustainable development”.

 

Realising that environment and ecology are part of the basic education curricula, BFM intends to establish pragmatic environmental education in schools it implements its projects. This will be achieved by introducing school’s orchards and supporting the evergreen look of school grounds. The schools will identify a small plot where trees will be planted including around the areas of the schools. The planting season will be from November to March the following year. Tree caring will be done throughout the year, especially when schools are in session. Around the school grounds, well-cared flowers and artificial grass will also be planted. BFM will support schools with tree seedlings, artificial grass and few irrigation equipment. As a way of enhancing the initiative, schools will formulate Nature Conservancy Clubs which shall be meeting weekly. Through this, each and every term, schools will be observing a Go Green Day. On this day, there will be interaction between the schools and their respective communities so that the communities join hands with schools to save and restore green nature.

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