Education for Sustainable Development and Green Economy innovation The youth agenda BY: MOSES OTIENO JAOKOO
Problem Statement • Poor land use planning • Lack of a National Urban Development policy • House hold food insecurity and Poor nutritional value for poor families and slum dwellers • Declining agricultural land area whereas there is high population growth • Declining forest cover thus increased impact of climate change at house hold level • Poor Participation of youths in decision making involving Environmental conservation and management
Challenges to these problems • Variance between the National Land Policy 2009 and the Constitution of Kenya 2010 on Land and Environment • Devolution of Government structures creating County government without a policy framework on urban Development • Poor food storage facilities to cater for bumper harvest and low pricing of commodity crops thus making farming unattractive to youths. • Urban expansion to rural areas thus delineating rural agricultural land to real estate development: The case of Coffee plantations in Kiambu in central Kenya region. • Lack of political will to combat forest intrusion by human activities due to political considerations
Objectives • Develop strategies to educate students and youths on sustainable development and Green Economy innovations • Build partnerships with grass root community based organizations, local authorities, corporate bodies and the Earth Charter • Establish Green Parks in target schools to nurture tree nurseries, tree planting and practical education sessions on organic agriculture • Champion Adopt-A-Tree Project within schools and youth groups in order to reach a target of 10 million trees planted by 2015 • Create Environment Champions Steward Awards to youths who champion Earth Charter principles in practice and have provided exemplary work on Adopt-A-Tree project and other environmental innovations • Mentor focal environment youth leaders in various environmental segments to work as teams in building and creating grass root awareness on the Earth Charter. • Develop a simple customized tool kit on sustainable development and the Green Economy to the various segments of our target group. • Develop a Scholarship program to support schools and students who have adopted the earth charter and certification program • Organize regular community service activities on tree planting, waste collection and innovative waste recycling methods
GOALS • Plant 10 Million trees by 2015 within schools and community access areas • Recruit 10,000 volunteers by 2015 to champion sustainable development and the Green Economy using the Earth Charter Principles • Raise 10 Million Shillings by 2015 to support our country wide mobilization, awareness , education and community development programs • Mobilize 10 Million Kenyan youths to sign the Earth Charter by 2015. We will target celebrities and VIPs also. • Develop Mass Education Campaign slogans for media and pro bono advertisement targeting various youth segments: The Earth; our common habitat, Green is my roots, Green Education for a better world etc.
Plan of Action • Use our current contacts on character education i.e. 120 schools across the country as our launching ground • Organize a training of trainers in December targeting our key facilitators and sharing the Earth charter and other training tool kits. • Develop a stakeholder data bank and organize a stakeholders forum early next year probably in February • Develop a national implementation plan of action for the project together with stakeholders based on need assessment. • Create a monitoring and evaluation team to support the field facilitators with impact assessment and on course project improvement strategies • Develop a website and other social media sites to collect online petition and for social networking with other interested groups by January. This is also a strategy for project visibility.
LOG FRAME • December 2011, TOT for 18 coordinators at YMCA hostels, Nairobi. Outcome: common plan of action for year 2012 • Development of a website by January 2012: outcome, create visibility to target groups and donors • January: Planning for the Stakeholders strategy meeting • February: First Stakeholders meeting: outcome, joint implementation strategies and partnership development • March to April: Activity planning and time table scheduling for various activities within our program: outcome, calendar of activities development based on resources assessment • May-June: Field visit to selected schools as pilot centers • June: official launch of the program with stakeholders, partners and target group support • July onwards program implementation according to the joint implementation plans and calendar of activities adopted.
Narrative Budget • TOT workshop 2 days full board at YMCA, central hostels per person per day $ 45 by 18= $ 1620 • Transport reimbursement to youth coordinators per person $50 total =900 • Website development $500 • Operations and planning for stakeholders meeting $250 (materials development, communication, transport, hospitality). • Stakeholders meeting est. cost for 12 persons $ 500 • Field training visits and schools and youth based organizations capacity building on sustainable development est. cost between February to June $ 500 • Educational Material Development and Production $ 1,500 • Laptops at least 5, 5 LCD Projectors, 5 digital cameras (if we can get even used ones as a donation from our partners we will appreciate) • Official launching program: to be determined based on progress and resources assessment by march 2012 • Total preliminary budget: $ 5,320
Contact Details • Sustainable Societies Forum (unregistered) P.O Box 8948 00200 Nairobi, Kenya. • Moses OtienoJaokoo (Founder and chairman): Alumni of the 2nd edition of the Earth Charter Youth Sustainability, ethics and Leadership training 2011, Candidate 2011 UNITAR, Diploma course in International Environmental Law, Current Chairman Youth Federation for World Peace Kenya, policy consultant in Environmental policy and Land rights • Reference: Miss Nora Mahmoud, Earth Charter International