“I am often seen carrying random paraphernalia like balls, multicolored balloons, a ball of string, a mangrove seed besides the dusty chalky fingers.
When I first got the call to volunteer at A Rocha Kenya in the Environmental Education Department (EE), I had no idea what was in store for me. But it turned out exactly what I have always wanted to do; teach and have fun while at it. The Environmental Education Programme at A Rocha Kenya is not just your typical chalk, board and maybe PowerPoint presentation. It is dynamic and has a twist of games and fun environmental activities. In most cases singing about the environment.
There is nothing more satisfying than seeing children and teenagers learn and interact enthusiastically with the natural environment. The children see a tree with new eyes, not just a tall structure that is brown and green and that can be used for charcoal, but also as a home to lots of God’s creatures. Or the role of a tiny earthworm in enriching the soil. Sometimes it is appreciating the sheer creativity of God when he created the birds, which are able to fly thousands of kilometer to breed, eat and always remember their routes to and from.
Practical conservation is also a key part of EE. The children always have an adventure walking through the forest as they learn about the different kinds of plants but also assist in removing snares in the forest. Learning about scarcity of resources also makes these children more conscious of the amount of water they use, ways of water recycling and even rain water harvesting.
I have; braved long off road bumpy rides to make children aware of the environment and the need for its conservation, camped in staff rooms when the schools were too far from home and used a few giriama words to make the lessons user friendly. Regardless of all this the job is quite rewarding. My colleagues and i strive and press on, to raise a generation that is more environmentally conscious and works to protect God’s creation.
I cannot wait for my next class!!”
Environmental Education Intern