Thua, Mashamba, Tulimyumbu and Ngoce primary schools were recently recognised as the schools that excelled in Phase II of the Green Initiative Challenge (GIC) schools greening programme.
The programme that targets schools around the Seven-Forks power stations in Embu, Kitui and Machakos counties to raise environmental awareness and create an involvement of schools and students in improving their environment through a participatory and rewarding initiative.
Speaking during the award ceremony held at Mashamba Primary School last week, KenGen Foundation managing trustee Mike Njeru lauded efforts of the winning schools saying: “We encourage you to continue with the innovative measures you adopted over the last three years in order to maintain the beautiful woodlots that you now have.”
The project is wholly designed as a challenge to participating schools, mainly due to the dry weather conditions in the areas, with prizes awarded based on the highest survival rate of seedlings, and use of innovation with the best performing schools standing to benefit from education scholarships, infrastructural development, water tanks and rainwater-harvesting and cash awards.
This encourages school children and communities to sustainably manage the woodlots, which provides the schools with renewable sources of wood fuel, reducing pressure on surrounding vegetation and forest resources.
Thua Primary School in Kitui County emerged top at 87.5 per cent followed by Mashamba Primary School with 79 per cent, position three was Tulimyumbu Primary School in Machakos County and Ngoce Primary School from Embu County was recognised in fourth position scoring 69 per cent.
Implemented by KenGen Foundation, Better Globe Forestry and Bamburi Cement, GIC is a 10-year program that targets to enrol 1,000 schools and greening a total of 460 acres with 324,300 tree seedlings as well as 113,956 passion and pawpaw fruit seedlings.The Phase II Awards are a culmination of activities that began in 2015, with the enrolment of 120 schools from the three counties.