Community Forest International’s education program unites schools from New Brunswick, Canada with schools in Pemba, Tanzania creating a cross-cultural, environmental learning experience. Students participating in this innovative learning partnership will address climate change by measuring their school’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions and off-setting their environmental impact by planting trees.
Through curriculum integrated learning activities, including the management of on-site tree nurseries and the planting of indigenous seedlings, schools will use the internet to build an interactive network, creating an avenue for youth to share and learn from each other’s unique challenges, progress and perspectives.
By growing indigenous tree species, the nurseries become a teaching tool for plant life and local ecosystems while fostering a relationship with the natural environment. Planted on community and school grounds, the trees will grow to balance carbon footprints while expanding green spaces to build healthier, recreational environments.
Linked through classroom blogs and email pen-pal networks kids around the world will see the global nature of environmental degradation while sharing information about the Global Schools for Global Change activities as they participate in them. The problems that threaten life as we know it can seem overwhelming, but individual efforts locally, linked to sustainable movements globally can empower our world’s youth, making the dreams of a healthy planet a reality by opening the avenues that lead to world change.
….In studying resilience-related themes.. I found was that opportunities to take chances, take responsibility for others and for yourself, were things that predict positive outcomes for kids growing up under very difficult circumstances. Yet I began to see the very same things that we know help kids get through tough situations, were actually being _denied_ kids who were in very, very good living situations, in very, very safe environments at home and in the community.
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