26th January 2023
Self Help Africa, with the support of the INTO, is calling on all schools across the island to get involved with the ongoing campaign to help tackle climate change by planting one million trees.
This initiative has commenced in primary schools throughout Ireland with 440 participating in the first tranche. Year two of the campaign is now being launched. INTO President John Driscoll, is encouraging member support of this educational and Earth-renewing project.
Every school that participates in the campaign will receive a free native Irish tree per classroom, together with age-appropriate lesson plans that can be used by teachers.
The communities that Self Help Africa works with in rural Africa have a very small carbon footprint, yet they are among the worst affected by climate change. The campaign will also support the vital food and farming needs of Africa’s rural poor, while contributing to the wider global effort to tackle climate change through the absorption of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
The INTO/Self Help Africa are identifying schools and classes across the island of Ireland that are willing to support this initiative. It is anticipated that a sign-up period involving direct school and teacher contact with planting will commence in early March 2023.
When a school is registered, each classroom in your school will receive a native Irish tree sapling and access to our age-appropriate resource materials to support the tree planting.
Once you plant your tree with your classroom we will plant your 10 trees in Africa and we will provide you with the geo-location of where they are planted so you can look up your trees on Google Earth for years to come.
Self Help Africa also welcomes further voluntary support of the One Million Trees project. Each donation of €2 or £2 from schools will allow us to plant an additional five trees, in your school’s name, in Africa.
To register and participate in this campaign click here.