In a bid to contribute to the fight against coastal erosion in Lagos, Rotary International through Rotary Club Ikoyi Metro in collaboration with Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) engaged in tree planting and beach clean-up activities at the Alpha Beach, Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State on Tuesday, July 21, 2020.

Over 50 seedlings of coconut trees (cocos nucifera) were planted along the sea shore to cushion the effect of sea surge that constantly wash off the sands at the beach.  

 

The promotion of a sustainable environment is part of the projects the Club is embarking on to contribute to national development.

 

The community people who dwell at the bay welcomed members of the club and NCF staff to the beach and joined in the activities.

 

Dr. Joseph Onoja, the Director of Technical Programme, NCF while addressing the participants mentioned that through the satellite imagery, it was discovered that some communities and a road network that was originally at the beach had been washed off due to water rise level within the last 15years. Urging stakeholders to salvage the situation to avoid further damage to the remaining communities.

 

He said “In 2018, NCF conducted a research that revealed that if drastic actions are not taken, most coastal areas of Lagos will be submerged into water by the year 2050. We are happy the government has continued to put groins in place which were part of our recommendations. More of this has to be done extensively. We shall continue our campaign.”

 

Ms. Delight Sunday, President of the Club, expressed her joy for the opportunity to provide certain measure of solution to the environmental challenge of the people. She appreciated NCF for the willingness to partner and effort so far in fighting the menace.

 

To strengthen the Partnership, A committee made up of representatives of NCF, RI D9110 and RC Ikoyi Metro to further deepen the Partnership was created.

 

The exercise was graced by District Leaders for environment and the supervising AG of the Club, PAG, Past Presidents and other members of the club assisted by the personnel of the sponsors.

 

In addition to the handpickers and gloves made available for the clean-up exercise, the wastes collected at the beach were bagged into bio-degradable materials and properly disposed at dumpsites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) through its Environmental Education Unit is organizing a two (2) weeks free virtual summer camp for children and teenagers ages 5yrs to 17 from 11th 21st August, 2020.  

 

The essence of the virtual camping is to engage the children and teenagers during the lockdown in environmental education and prepare them as ambassadors for environmental conservation. 

 

NCF since its inception has been keen on environmental education for school children up to tertiary institutions level. This has necessitated its establishment of Conservation Clubs in schools and Bird Clubs in the communities across the nation. 

 

The camping promises to be educative and interactive as loads of exciting packages such as birdwatching, butterfly collection, biodiversity, green cooking and arts & craft and more are some of the aspects of the environment that the participants will be exposed to. 

 

It also being envisaged that since most participants will be making use of their parents’’ devices, such parents too will be learning alongside their wards. 

 

Whatsapp and Google Classroom platforms will be used to engage the participants.

 

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The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) through its Environmental Education Unit has just concluded a two (2) weeks open free virtual summer school for children and teenagers ages 5yrs to 17 held from 11th  to 20th August, 2020.  

 

The purpose of the virtual school was to engage the children and teenagers during the lockdown in environmental education and prepare them as ambassadors for environmental conservation. NCF since its inception has been keen on environmental education for school children up to tertiary institutions level. This has necessitated its establishment of Conservation Clubs in schools and Bird Clubs in the communities across the nation. 

 

Mrs. Bidemi Balogun, Head Environmental Education in sharing her experience opined that the school has revealed that learning is not restricted to the physical classroom for children. This is the new normal everybody has to embrace going forward.

 

She said “The NCF Eco Summer School was set up in continuation of the conservation club activities, the idea came up as a result of the pandemic that has placed a restriction on large gathering especially children. The 2 weeks have been fun with the children, their participation was highly encouraging and impressive. We had exciting activities with them. Some of the materials are available for them to go over to aid continual learning. We were able to touch on most aspects of the environment.” 

 

In sharing his experience through telephone interview, a 12 years old boy, Ohigbai Aigbavboa says that “My experience in this summer school has been very fantastic, now I have become much better in arts & crafts, and I have learnt the importance of recycling, bird watching, butterfly and biodiversity. I want to say a big thank you to NCF Eco Summer School for the services they provided to us all”

 

Also while sharing her experience, a 10 years old Moduroti Akinola said that “The NCF Eco Summer School was a very interesting 2 weeks. I had a great time learning about the ecosystem. The most interesting part of it was the arts and craft. I also enjoyed the virtual trip. I look forward to being on the canopy walkway soon. Thank you NCF for the great experience.”

 

Birdwatching, butterfly collection, biodiversity, green cooking and arts & craft and more were some of the aspects of the environment that the over 100 participants were exposed to. 

 

Whatsapp and Google Classroom platforms were the platforms used to engage the participants.

 

 

 

 

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