The Pakistan Youth Parliament for Water organized this Plant-for-the-Planet Academy with almost 84 Young Climate Justice Ambassadors at the Mufti Mahmood Public School and College at Dera Ismail Khan (DIK) in collaboration with Gomal Daman Area Water Partnership (GDAWP). The main purpose of this activity was to engage and empower young students in climate crisis resilience, mitigation and adaptation through planting trees at a larger scale. Academy started with a greeting of school principal and Program Coordinator – Mr. Wasif Bashir. Wasif highlighted that this Academy will have a different series of activities based on student interaction and some fun, such as planting trees and a world café. Furthermore, he provided a detailed introduction to the Plant-for-the-Planet mission and vision.
The President of Gomal Damaan Area Water Partnership (GDAWP) interacted with young students and asked them very interesting questions about the climate as an icebreaking activity, such as whether they knew what CO2, Photosynthesis and the ozone layer are. He further added that the climate crisis is a big challenge in the world, which poses a severe threat to Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM), food security, environmental sustainability and economic growth. It is causing catastrophic events in Pakistan and the entire South Asia region such as flash floods, uneven weather conditions, and extensive forest fires.
For the world game the students were divided into different groups and were provided world maps, different coloured markers, candies, balloons as well as some informative cards. They were supported by different teachers, who helped them with finding the regions, countries and continents on the maps. This activity helped them with learning about carbon emissions, the world population and continents, oceans, islands, etc. while working on the maps.
After the world game, students were very keen to learn more and express their views. So, the Program Coordinator provided each group with some more informative cards and asked them to read and discuss the details with one another. Following that, they discussed them with their teachers and eventually presented them to their fellow students.
Mr. Raza Ali Khan (Vice President GDAWP) and Mr. Wasif Bashir Babar conducted the World Café with the help of teachers and young volunteers. The students were divided into four groups; each of them was assigned a group facilitator and one of the following themes: Media, Adults, other Children and Planting Events. Students highlighted that every child’s influence on their family and friends could ultimately result in a great number of people being informed about this work. Therefore, all the children should talk to their acquaintances about the Climate Crisis, CO2, natural disasters and water related challenges, in order to convince them to support tree plantation.
After some refreshments, the students were called to proceed to the next stage of important, fun activities. Upon hearing that they would now plant trees themselves, all the students were very happy. Each student planted one tree in their name and promised to look after it themselves. Students, teachers and the guests Mr. Aslam Khan (President GDAWP) and Mr. Raza Ali Khan, as well as the Principal of the school, provided assistance to students in the process, to ensure strong inter-generational cooperation securing the present and future of Pakistan. Young students also convinced their teachers and guests to plant more trees in other areas, and to pay small contributions to assure a limitation to global temperatures. Students also took pictures with their seniors to identify the importance of tree plantation and said “Stop Talking. Start Planting”. The Program Coordinator also motivated students to keep up the plantation process, since small acts can create big changes and contribute to saving the planet for the next generation.
After tree plantation the evening presentation and closing ceremony took place. During the presentation, students highlighted that there are two sources of carbon emission: natural and manmade. All the students were gathered and the schools’ principal, the guests and teachers were also presented during the evening and certificate distribution ceremony. After that, Chief Guest Mr. Aslam Khan awarded Climate Justice Ambassador Certificates and Tree by Tree books to all the students and payed special thanks to them for spending their school time with them.
Mr. Wasif concluded that the young generation plays a vital role in protecting the climate. All the teachers and students expressed their strong commitment to mobilising other children, adults, and the media to conduct a massive plantation in Pakistan.
The Principal of the Mufti Mahmood Public School payed his thanks to the President of the Gomal Damaan Area Water Partnership Mr. Aslam Khan and Wasif Bashir Babar for the organisation of the event at his school. He also expressed his willingness to continue this momentum in the future, as well as his commitment to organise plantation activities. The President of the Gomal Damaan Area Water Partnership thanked the management of the school for their time and support for this academy. Mr.Wasif expressed his gratitude to all the students and facilitators as well as the teachers for providing a chance to work with them and arranging this academy. Furthermore, he added that these kinds of activities will be arranged again at the school with mutual support and consultation.
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