Education for green growth is acknowledged in Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan (GESIP) as an integral part of life-long learning central to the delivery of quality education necessary for building capacity of the Kenyan society for sustainable development through:
- Promoting sustainable infrastructure
- Building resilience
- Sustainable natural resource management
- Resource efficiency
- Social inclusion and sustainable livelihoods
The National Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Policy and the upcoming Education Sector ESD Policy provides educational priorities for sustainable development based on the Global Action Framework 2014. Education for green growth is a guarantee to achieving the SDGs and Vision 2030.
In line with above MESPT hopes to help transform schools into models of sustainability for communities through the challenge.
To inculcate a greening culture to youth in schools by mentoring and engaging them in hands-on green growth initiatives for sustainability of communities and current investments within the spectrum.
- To deliver experiential learning on green growth and enterprise development to students
- To allow students to take up a leadership role in identifying and implementing green projects/initiatives that can benefit the community
- To foster an attitude of self-reliance among the students
- To stimulate development and institutionalization of green growth policies in schools and curriculum
- To incorporate institutions of learning as part of the green economy champions who can catalyze behavioral change necessary for a green economy
- To impart Eco-friendly enterprise skills that prepare young people for the real world; how to generate green incomes and opportunities which enhance their communities’ resilience and improve their economic status
- To motivate young people to be responsible citizen of their environment (the challenge will give students the platform they need to take action on environmental issues)
Identification of schools
Selection of schools to participate in the 2017 challenge will be based on the following broad eligibility criteria:
- School should be within targeted counties named above
- Willingness and cooperation from the school administration
- Willingness of the pupils to participate in the competition
- A school must identify a club patron amongst the teachers
- Call for participation will be through the County Education Ministry
- Each County Government to facilitate identification of schools by providing a list.
- Participation will be open for both private and public schools.
Training the students and stakeholders
The selected participants will be trained on three main thematic areas:
- Green Growth
Beyond the challenge
All participating schools will benefit from the following:
- Sponsored training at the convenience of their schools
- Tree planting program to all participating schools
- Participation Certificate to all participating students and schools
- Award of trophies to winners at the semi-finals and the national level
- Seed capital to winning projects
- Sponsored opportunity to participate & exhibit at the 4th National Green Growth Conference & Exhibition 2017