Altogether 39 students from 4 schools attended the academy in Government Junior High School, Chandeli, India.
The academy was made possible with the dedicated commitment of Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation, Government Junior High School Chandeli and YCSG members. The event was free of charge for all the attending children, who were aged 10-14. Special thanks go to Plant-for-the-Planet academy staff Adelya for helping us throughout the academy preparation and Priyanka Channd and Harshdev Punera & Rohit Bisht for all their hard work and efforts to make this academy successful. We would also like to thank Mr Narendra Rautela, Mr Ashok Kumar Tamta and Mrs Deepti Kharayat for helping us contact all schools and for providing us the venue and all other basic facilities for the academy. We also thank all the other helpers and supporters.
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 change, climate crisis and climate justice. These topics were explained in a suitable way for children. After the presentation, the children had the opportunity to clear their doubts through 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 laid out on the floor as symbols of the world’s population, wealth and CO2 emissions respectively. Each group had one Moderator from our academy team to help them understand the rules and the process.
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 Harshdev Punera.
During the lunch break, the children were able to relax a little and 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 Plant-for-the-Planet plants trees in Mexico as children during the presentation session were very curious to know more about the Plant-for-the-Planet and how we plant trees all over the world.
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 in charge Mr Ashok Kumar Tamta. 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 16 trees (Azadirachta indica, Cassia fistula, Magnifera Indica, Indian Gooseberry, Psidium guajava) in just 45 minutes with the assistance of the Eco Club Members and NSS members.
After a short break, the children started the "World Café" module. 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, children were asked to present their thoughts and future plans in front of other students and teachers.
After a long, fruitful, and enjoyable day, all 39 participants received their certificates from Mrs Deepti Kharayat and Mr Dharmendra Kapri, which recognized them as a Climate Justice Ambassador. 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 they collected at the start of the day with them.
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