March 2018 at Mwamba saw a lot of teachers focusing on environmental education. First, we had two groups of Kenyan teachers. Then team members from A Rocha across Africa.
One Friday evening in late March 12 Kenyan teachers arrived at Mwamba for a weekend Environmental Education workshop organised by A Rocha Kenya with A Rocha International (ARI).
Following a presentation on plastic pollution, we visited Eco-World, a local recycling centre, to see some unusual and inspirational uses of recycled materials. The next day a visit to the local rockpools revealed the wildlife that school children would see when they visited. The Sustainable Development Goals and a session on Climate Change were also included.
The workshop was repeated the following weekend for another group of teachers.
A Rocha team members from all over Africa
As they left on Sunday, Environmental Education Officers from A Rocha Organisations (AROs) in Africa – Ghana, Uganda, South Africa, and Nigeria – joined us for a week-long conference. It was a useful time to network and hear what had been happening in each of the AROs. Plastic pollution, ARI’s Microplastic Toolbox, recycling, and Sustainable Development Goals were on the agenda as well as explanations of the technologies supported by each of the AROs. We visited Watamu Turtle Watch and saw an injured turtle being recuperated and heard more about the problems caused by plastic litter.
A demonstration of making a sack garden sparked lots of interest, including many A Rocha Kenya staff.
A highlight of the week was a traditional Kenyan goat roast for dinner. All appreciated the warm welcome they received from A Rocha Kenya.
Angela McKay, Environmental Education Coordinator, A Rocha International. March 2018
Photos: Monicah Njambi, A Rocha Kenya