Children’s trees ready for planting

Despite the constraints of the past two years, Emmanuel Stephens Lekundayo’s Landscape and Conservation Mentors Organization have not just maintained their conservation education work but extended.  In 2020 and 2021 they reached 550 new learners in 19 schools with quality, relevant conservation education materials.  LCMO work with communities in the Katavi National Park area in western Tanzania. Every week they run a session in each of their schools, and we’ve been pleased and encouraged to learn how useful PACE materials have been, helping them to train young conservationists, very serious young conservationists.

“PACE resources are used hugely in our school education program. Most of the content we’ve taught in schools has been from PACE books, during our indoor and outdoor learning. Students sometimes request topics such as forestry, water, pollution and our reference is Africa our Home books! We have used the Careers in Conservation booklets for the final year students, to help them understand careers they can take part in. We also have the Energy and climate change booklets and use them on our programs. We have seen the impact especially on our greening campaign.”

LCMO received a consignment of PACE materials in August 2019.  In January 2020 Emmanuel told us “a few things that we have learned from the materials and that the young people have maximally achieved include successfully producing compost, setting up tree nurseries, producing and planting out Gliricidia sepium saplings. The children nursed the seedlings, using compost they produced in the school nursery (pictured below). They are targeting to produce and plant 10,000 tree saplings in these sites.”

They met their target, and now in February 2022 “We already have so many tall trees and are still planting more and more. In this season (from December 2020 to date) we have already planted 10,435 trees and still planting. This month is dedicated to tree planting! Our target is to reach 30K trees by April, the end of this wet season. We focus kids on not just planting, but looking after the trees. We take pre and post photos to record the change.”

Read more about LCMO at VIMA — LCMO

School nursery 2019