Greening of the school environment

At El-Botakh school tree planting was undertaken as part of the Environmental Week. About 25 students planted trees in and around the school and established a garden in the school yard. They received technical support from the local village council and a gardener was appointed by the school to maintain the gardens. Meetings were held with teachers and students of the Environment and Population Group to evaluate the experiences gained in the clean-ups and tree planting. The students made a collage of pictures taken during and after the activities that was displayed in the school.

In Naga Abassa School, trees were planted in the school yard by the local village council and a celebration ceremony was held with the children.

COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION

Community participation and awareness raising has been an integral part of the project, starting from early design and construction stages through to the awareness campaign. An underlying principle has been to encourage and involve students to improve their local environment, at school and at home. Students were therefore active in formulating actions that would be supported, and which reflected, their own perceptions and wishes. 

The headmaster of El-Botakh School was very active, in organising meetings with teachers and students, and in follow up activities. The school staff was active in the organisation of the practical aspects of the clean-ups and tree planting, such as purchasing cleaning tools, trees and plants, and hiring a truck for waste disposal.

The local village council participated in the environmental actions, especially in tree planting and in the establishment of a garden in El-Botakh School.
 
Key Stakeholders and their Roles
Students of Environment & Population Group
  • Design awareness-raising activities
  • Raise environmental awareness among other students, their families and villagers
  • Undertake village waste clean up 
  • Plant trees and a garden in the school yard
  • Participate in evaluation meetings and share experiences
Headmaster and Teachers
  • Supervise construction work of sanitation facilities
  • Facilitate meetings with students
  • Prepare awareness-raising activities
  • Undertake environmental awareness-raising for students
  • Supervise clean-ups, tree and garden planting 
  • Participate in evaluation meetings to discuss experiences
Village Residents
  • Involvement in clean up campaigns 
  • Participate in environmental discussions with students regarding waste and village cleanliness
Local Village Council
  • Supervise construction works
  • Assist in tree planting and gardening


Landscaping by the schoolís Environment and Population
Group

FINANCIAL ISSUES

Main components of the project cost LE110,655. A breakdown of these are:
 
Activity
Cost LE
Upgrading sanitation facilities:  
- El-Botakh School 34,920
- Naga Abassa School 70,245
Community clean-up 2,400
Tree and garden planting 3,100
Total
110,655

The Sohag Governorate contributed 10% of the funding. The school staff, students and local Markaz officials contributed considerably in labour and time to awareness-raising and construction supervision.

SUSTAINABILITY and REPLICABILITY ISSUES

  • Schools have taken responsibility for the ongoing maintenance and operating costs of the sanitation facilities constructed.
  • El-Botakh School has a appointed a gardener to maintain the trees and gardens.
  • Raised awareness in students, teachers and community will help sustain, as well as stimulate other, environmental actions.
  • Contacts were developed between the students and other organisations, such as the Governorateís Youth Council for the Environment, which can assist in promoting similar actions elsewhere.
  • Regular visits by the school inspectors have led to the dissemination of the experience to other schools and to the Governorate Directorate of Education.
BENEFITS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
  • Provision of sanitation facilities for 2,000 primary and secondary students.
  • Increased environmental awareness among students and in surrounding villagers.
  • Enhanced capacity of the schoolís Environment and Population Group to undertake environmental activities.
  • Enhanced visual impact at the schools through tree planting and garden landscaping.
  • Successful clean up campaigns undertaken in three villages.
  • Active participation of the community.
  • Enhanced co-operation between the schools and the local councils
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