Lovemore Lubinda

On the 9th of June, 2017, Zimbabwe will join the world celebrating World Environment Day, the main event that will incorporate the Eco-Schools programme will be held at the Mukuvisi Woodlands Nature Reserve and Environment Centre.

The celebrations that will see children from the schools across the country and from as early as learning institutions as Early Childhood Development (ECD), up to high school taking part.

For them, it would be a refreshing experience exchanging their books and pens for a less formal, and adventurous approach to learning, as they will have time to acquaint themselves with their natural surroundings.

Addressing stakeholders at the Eco-Schools 2017 World Environment Day Preparatory meeting held this afternoon at the centre, Mukuvisi Woodlands Nature Reserve and Environment Centre, vice Chairperson Allain Chimanikire said this year’s event is expected to be bigger and better.

The organisers are anticipating that over 1,000 children and teachers from schools from all over the country to attend and exhibit their School-Based Projects. Where all excellent environmental sustainable utilisation encouraging arts projects by school children will be recognised, there will be giveaway prizes and certificates to those whose arts would have excelled.

The event is organized by the Eco-Schools Programme of Mukuvisi Woodlands, in collaboration with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate.

This day is observed every year world-over on June 5 of June 2017 at the centre from 9: 00hrs to 15:00hrs, but for convenience’s sake, Chimanikire said this year, they have decided to hold the celebrations on Friday the 9th of June.

The event presents an opportunity for organizations involved in activities related to our environment to interact with teachers, students and members of the public.

“WED is part of the United Nations’ campaign for encouraging worldwide awareness and action concerning the environment. Our theme has been taken from the International one, Connecting People to Nature– in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator,” says Chimanikire. He added that the theme is broad and covers all our natural resources.

Many Eco Schools member clubs have implemented environmentally- friendly projects that are set to improve their lives, whilst simultaneously ensuring national environmental which encourages us all to get outdoors, especially into local specially protected areas, to appreciate nature, its beauty and its importance, and to take forward the call to protect the earth that we share.

On the contribution of school children to the environmental conservation, Chimanikire emphasised the need to catch them young, so that they grow with nature sustainable management at heart.

The WED update meeting was also attended by UNICEF representative, who highlighted the agency’s role in sustainable environmental utilisation in the energy sector, through the UNICEF Cool Schools Green Innovators Hub (GIH) project launch.

In 2015, UNICEF developed a project called ‘GIH’ whose overall objective was to ignite creative ideas, unlock young people’s potential to environmental sustainability and renewable energy through social innovation.

After their familiarisation tour of the park, the children will kick start the proceedings with presentations, poems, and different pieces of art displays that articulated the importance of safeguarding the environment.

On the 5th of June every year the world celebrates the World Environment Day that was proclaimed in 1972 by the United Nations General Assembly after growing concerns on environmental degradation, with the aim to encourage worldwide awareness and promote sound environmental stewardship. At the same UN General Assembly conference that was held in Stockholm, Sweden in 1972 it also lead to the formation of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).