Since inception, Environmental Education has remained a major strategic approach of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation. With the main objective of promoting environmental education and awareness amongst all strata of the Nigerian society, NCF embraced three major thematic interventions to achieve the main objectives of environmental education.
They include a nationwide Schools Conservation Programme; Community based Education at NCF Project sites and Promotion of environmental learning through publications, education materials and environmentally related events and campaigns.
Highlights of events and activities of the Environmental Education Programme include World Wetland Day, World Environment Day, among others.
ACTIVITIES OF SCHOOL CONSERVATION CLUBS
Schools Programme (NCF conservation clubs) continued to be an effective tool in the promotion of environmental education in Nigeria. The results of its activities cannot be over emphasized.
Through this nationwide network of conservation clubs in schools, NCF has created awareness on environment and continue to sensitise young minds about humans’ relationship and responsibility to the environment.
School Outreach Programme
The school outreaches has been a way of promoting Environmental Education (EE) with the schools. It also serves as an avenue to promote EE within the school curriculum. Two schools were visited in Lagos and the event was very successful. The children were sensitized on the need to be involved and take care of the environment. The outreach resulted in the establishment of a new club.
UPDATE ON CLUBS
As at December 2009, NCF Conservation Club programme has a network of 1,143 clubs with 34,077 members. Membership of the clubs cut across primary, secondary and tertiary institutions. 22 new clubs joined the network of conservation clubs in 2009. The school clubs have been involved in various activities such as:
Tree planting exercises
Club members have been carrying out laudable projects in the course of the year. One of the Clubs, Lagos State Model College, Badore embarked on a tree planting initiative and was supported by the Coca-Cola Company through NCF. NCF also gave technical assistance with the implementation and monitoring of the tree planting initiative. One hundred and ten tree seedlings were planted within the school premises at the beginning of the project and till date 68 trees have survived.
The success rate can be attributed to the commitment of the club members, technical input from NCF and the consistent financial support from Coca Cola Nigeria. The conservation club members will continue to monitor the growth of the trees seedlings until they reach full maturity. The project has contributed to mitigating the effects of climate change and also promoted Environmental Education with the school.
Campaigns, lectures and Walks.
Various clubs have also organised campaigns and talks to sensitize the communities about the need for a sustainable environment. Edo State Chapter is of notable mention where campaigns have given birth to the establishment of new clubs.
Conservation Clubs in Lagos State joined NCF annual “2009 Walk For Nature” campaign tagged “Celebrating a Greener Lagos”. The event was organized by NCF in partnership with the Lagos State Government.
NATURE’S ROOST PROJECT
Nature’s Roost is an electronic library established for the purpose of linking Nigerian club members to the global community especially as it relates to the environment. The establishment of the Library was supported by the Birdlife Africa Partnership under the Wildlife Clubs of Africa Project. The library was painted by CAPlc makers of Dulux paint as co-support to the project.