The first Academy in Lakhsas took place on Apri 19th, 2019. 21 children from 2 different schools were keenly waiting for the Academy to start. The event was free-of-charge for all the attending children, aged from 8 to 14.
The Academy began with some welcoming words of Omar Bouhrout. Then the full attention of the children turned to the presentation “Now we children save the world!”given by Omar Armouch. Complex topics, such as sources of CO2, global warming, photosynthesis, the climate crisis and global justice were presented in a suitable way for children. After the presentation, the participants had the chance to clarify their questio
For the following part the children were divided into small groups, to learn about global distribution and global justice in the so called “World Game”. The children distributed tokens, sweets and balloons among the continents displayed on the world map. The three playing figures symbolize the world’s population, wealth and CO2 emissions respectively. After seeing the real life distribution of these resources, all children agreed that the distribution was unjust. Although only 0.5 percent of the population live in North America, they possess almost 30 percent of the world income and emit 20 percent of CO2 emissions.
In order to take action and speak up for their future, the children need good presentation and speaking skills. Therefore theparticpiants prepared and presented short passages from the opening presentation they had listened to in the morning. They gave each other feedback on how to improve their presentations in the future.
After a short lunch break, the children had the opportunity to take action for their future right away: They went to plant trees! In addition, they recieved information on how to plant trees, when to plant them and how to take care of them. In return, the participants were able to show off their newly gained knowledge about the role and importance of trees. In total they planted 55 tree species.
Back to school a small group practiced the final presentation for the evening event and the rest of the children started the World Café. During this activity the participants were collecting ideas to the questions how to get the attention of the media, how to motivate adults, friends and classmates and how to organize a planting party. Afterwards the children gathered in their school groups and planned a their own project, which they would want to implement after the Academy.
The Academy was made possible thanks to the commitment of community Lakhsas and PPNR and due to the team of local organisers. Special thanks goes to the Plant-for-the-Planet Programme Coordinator Omar Armouch and also to Lahcen Lahnoud, Mbarek Elmilki and to all co-moderators.
A huge thanks to all the helpers around the venue, technology, food and tree planting event. Without their support the academy would not have been possible.
Here you can find more photos from the Academy day.
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