Altogether 86 students from 9 schools attended the Academy taking place in the Government Inter College in Banbasa, India.
Special thanks goes to the Plant-for-the-Planet academy staff Adelya for helping us throughout the Academy preparation and to Harshdev Punera, Rohit Bisht and Priyanka Chand for all their hard work and effort making this Academy successful. I would also like to thank Mr. Manoj Rana and Mr. Ashish Pandey for helping us contact all schools and for providing us venue and other basic facilities for the Academy. Not to be forgotten are the many helpers and supporters without whom the Academy wouldn’t have been possible.
After a brief welcome and registration process the full attention of the children turned to the presentation "Now we children save the world!” which was given by Plant-for-the-Planet coordinator Dharmendra Kapri. The presentation covered: Introduction of Plant-for-the-Planet, sources of CO2, greenhouse effect, global warming, photosynthesis, climate crisis, climate change and global justice. These topics were explained in a very simple language and easy way so the attending kids could understand it. After the presentation, the children had the opportunity to clear their doubts through an interactive and question and answer session.
After a short break, the children were divided into six groups to learn about global distribution and justice in the World Game. The children distributed playing figures, candy and balloons on the world maps as symbols of the world’s population, wealth and CO2 emissions. Each group had one moderator from our Academy team to help them understand the rules and the process. The children were first asked to distribute the balloons, candy and tokens as per as their knowledge and later on corrected by the moderator wherever needed. Eventually, the CO2 emissions and wealth were distributed fairly - everyone has equal rights
Then the children formed six public speaking groups and prepared and presented short passages from the opening presentation that they had seen at the start of the day. They gave each other tips on how to improve their presentations in the future and a short session on how to give a good presentation was conducted by Priyanka Chand and Dharmendra Kapri.
The children then broke for lunch and were able to relax a little and to discuss the topics covered so far with each other.
After lunch was over, the afternoon kicked off with the short introductive videos on Plant-for-the-Planet and how we plant trees in Mexico as children during the presentation session were very curious to know more about this topic.
Rested, and feeling energized, the children relocated to the schoolyard to plant their own trees! Before the planting commenced, the children listened intently to the advice of the Eco Club member in charge Mr. Mahesh Bhatt. He explained how and when to plant trees, and also showed the children how to care for them to make sure they survive. In total they planted 15 trees in just 60 minutes with the assistance of the Eco Club- and YCSG members.
Moving back to the program after a short lunch break the children started the "World Café" module. There they worked on the following questions: "How do we ensure that the media reports about us?", "How do we motivate the adults?", "How do we motivate friends and classmates?" and "How do we organize a planting party?"
After everyone had the opportunity to write down their thoughts to each question, the kids were asked to present their thoughts and future plans in front of other students and teachers.
After the World Café the children were asked to present the shortened version of the morning presentation, their future plans and outcomes of the school groups and group discussions.
After a long, successful, and enjoyable day, all 86 participants received their certificates from Mr. Manoj Rana and Miss Priyanka Chand, which recognized them as a Climate Justice Ambassadors. An interesting day had come to an end. Apart from the experience and newly found knowledge, all new Ambassadors took a copy of Tree-by-Tree, and of course the Plant-for-the-Planet T-shirt with them.
The organizing team of Plant-for-the-Planet Academy, Banbasa, would like to thank all those involved for their help and support to make this academy possible.
All photos taken can be downloaded here.
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