The first project was adopting trees where 50 learners planted 50 trees they took care of them for a year. After a year, another group of 50 learners would adopt the trees. This project proved to have a positive impact on the learners towards the environment. They got to learn that no matter how young they are, they can still make an impact to the future generation.
On 24th May 2018 the school received a letter from Kenya Education Management Institute (KEMI) acknowledging the school as the ESD model Centre for Central Region. This was very encouraging to the learners, parents, support staff and teachers. It meant that we were the face of ESD in the region and the learners were equal to the task.
Kenya Education Management Institute (KEMI) went ahead and organized a training for all the nominated school in August 2018. The invite consisted of the focal point teacher, BoM member, the head of the school, one support staff and 2 learners, all who are key in the growth of the development. This gave us a chance to fully understand the meaning of ESD and learn other best practices from the other centres. After the training, we were engineered.
Learners came up with five more projects; bead work, flower vase making, parabolas, pumpum mat making and vertical mobile garden. The projects reused waste material that were waste to others and harmful to the environment. The parabola was useful in mathematics. We were privileged to showcase these projects at Kabiruini Agricultural Show in Nyeri under the Ministry of Education stand. The learners received guests from the Nyeri community and they learnt a lot from them.
ESD CLUB AT THE ASK SHOW NYERI
0n 21st to 23rd September, the Elsamere Conservation Centre hosted fifty four learners four teachers and 1 support staff. At the centre we learnt how to take care of the environment. We were taught how to make paper briquettes and papier mâché hence recycling waste paper. The group also donated twenty tree seedling for planting at our school.
PAPER BRIQUETTES PAPIER mâché
LEARNERS PLANTING TREE SEEDLING DORNATED BY ELSAMERE WILDLIFE CONSERVATION
On 25th September 2018, the school started the pig project with five pigs. The project is used during learning and the pigs feed from the dining hall waste. While free, the learners also help in feeding the pigs.
THE START OF THE PIG PROJECT
On 15th October, we started preparing the ESD shamba. The learners were involved in the preparation and planting. We were able to teach the learners on steps in land preparation an when it should be prepared. The shamba is a leaning centre.
AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT
For now, we are depending on direct rain but we hope we will be able to harvest the rain water for irrigation during the dry season. Water harvesting will also teach learners to conserve water.
I would like to thank the Kenya Education Management Institute (KEMI) for the training, the ASK show for giving us the platform to showcase our projects