Raising Climate Change Awareness in Schools at Vava’u.

The second day of the Department of Climate Change’s National Awareness week focused on awareness programs for schools.

Two teams consisting of staffs from the Department of Climate Change in Tongatapu and MEIDECC Office in Vava’u visited five schools in Vava’u including Chanel College, Vava’u Side School, Saineha High School, Tailulu College and Vava’u High School.

Activities conducted during the school visits included; tree planting and providing seedlings, art competition based on the week’s theme and presentations on climate change with emphasis on how students can help fight climate change.

Plant seedlings (avocado, lemon, langakali and sandalwood) were sourced from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (MAFF) in Vava’u and were provided to each visited school, as part of the tree planting activity.

During the visit to Saineha High School, the Deputy Principal, Mr. Kapiloni Savou suggested to the students of Saineha to plant 500 trees this week and name it “My Carbon Sink”, and to bear in mind that trees are important to living things, no matter what.  

The winners of the art competition will be announced this Friday with cash prizes of $300 for 1st place, $200 for first runner up and $100 for third place will also be awarded.

The awareness week’s activities that are planned for tomorrow includes a workshop with government line ministries, private sectors, NGOs as well as local district and town officers, to raise awareness on the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Tonga Country Programme. This will be facilitated by staff from the GCF Tonga Readiness & Preparatory Support Programme management unit, under the Department of Climate Change in Tongatapu.

The second day of the Department of Climate Change’s National Awareness week focused on awareness programs for schools.

Two teams consisting of staffs from the Department of Climate Change in Tongatapu and MEIDECC Office in Vava’u visited five schools in Vava’u including Chanel College, Vava’u Side School, Saineha High School, Tailulu College and Vava’u High School.

Activities conducted during the school visits included; tree planting and providing seedlings, art competition based on the week’s theme and presentations on climate change with emphasis on how students can help fight climate change.

Plant seedlings (avocado, lemon, langakali and sandalwood) were sourced from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (MAFF) in Vava’u and were provided to each visited school, as part of the tree planting activity.

During the visit to Saineha High School, the Deputy Principal, Mr. Kapiloni Savou suggested to the students of Saineha to plant 500 trees this week and name it “My Carbon Sink”, and to bear in mind that trees are important to living things, no matter what.  

The winners of the art competition will be announced this Friday with cash prizes of $300 for 1st place, $200 for first runner up and $100 for third place will also be awarded.

The awareness week’s activities that are planned for tomorrow includes a workshop with government line ministries, private sectors, NGOs as well as local district and town officers, to raise awareness on the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Tonga Country Programme. This will be facilitated by staff from the GCF Tonga Readiness & Preparatory Support Programme management unit, under the Department of Climate Change in Tongatapu.

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Issued by Department of Climate Change (MEIDECC)