Project Title: Improving livelihood options among students through plantation skills.
Project proposal Submitted by:
Marginalized Children and People’s Association.
P.O Box 309 Lira, Uganda.
Office Tel: +256 (0) 392-918420
NORTH SOUTH CENTRE.
LIRA DISTRICT FORESTRY OFFICE.
Contact Person: Moses Belmos Ogwal
Mob Tel: +256 (0) 777111999
As the world grapples with the consequences of global warming and environmental change, every effort toward facilitating environmental protection is worthwhile. More so, whereas global and national macro-interventions are largely important, there is need to support and promote micro-interventions that encourage engagements of communities to promote environmental protection. It is vital that households, institutions, schools and even businesses be empowered to play their part in protecting the environment, by being good stewards and actively preserving our ecosystem right from their backyard or compound.
In particular, the youth resource has remained untapped in the drive to promote environmental protection in Uganda. This green empowerment project is intended to launch a drive that will empower young people to learn more and appreciate the environment, to learn how to utilize it while protecting it and to contribute in expanding the green cover of our continent. Individual youths, schools and households will be educated and supported in creating green zones or simply planting trees.
The major approach of this project is Education, Information and Communication (EIC) on the one hand and active participation on the other. It will also involve activities that will aim at leaving a “green mark” on Uganda’s landscape. These projects will make a real contribution towards our priorities of re-forestation, natural resource protection, environmental enhancement, sustainable and community participation based on economic motivation and awareness. This project will also contribute to national priorities regarding environmental conservation.
Problem statement/Justification of the proposed project:
In Northern Uganda, 61% of the population is living below the poverty line as compared to 31% nationwide (UBOS 2007). The prolonged conflict has been responsible for the poor performance of the economy and had an obstacle in reaching impact on environmental issues in the affected region which coursed by the lord resistance army (LRA) leading to untold suffering of the local people for over 20 years through the situation has camped down due to influencing factor such as world concerns toward it. Besides this, other area like Lira district inclusive in the suffering of LRA inversion, therefore local people has been resorting to cutting trees as the only way of survival and schools also needs firewood for their daily cooking without school woodlots leading to cause deforestation and degradation in the area hence poor development and biting poverty has been an increased evidence. The common form of deforestation and degradation in the area includes:
Over clearing down trees.
Bush burning for hunting.
Northern Uganda has some of the most fertile soils in the country and agriculture is the major source of livelihood for rural inhabitants, including returning populations. Boosting tree plantation production will be a key cornerstone for economic growth. The productivity levels of rural households in Northern Uganda have a scope for improvement since the current levels are below their estimated potential. While there have been concerted efforts to improve this, the seedling productivity gains are still held back by a number of inter-related constraints which, if not addressed, will hamper rural growth and poverty reduction. Some of the critical constraints that need addressing include: (i) the un-united, individualistic tendencies of youth (ii) inadequate farming and plantation methods. (iii) Poor plantation management leading to poor quality (iv) Ignorance of environmental policies. Given the binding list of constraints, it is hardly surprising that many war-affected youth in the targeted project sites experience extreme poverty. Overcoming these constraints constitutes a central challenge in realizing the goals of poverty reduction as set out in the Government's plan (PEAP and PRDP).
Major goal To promote participatory micro-interventions based on individuals, schools and households for environmental conservation and protection.
To engage youths in micro-interventions in environmental conservation based on individual, group and community participation.
To equip youths in secondary and primary schools with knowledge and skills on environmental protection and preservation and how to use the environment profitably while protecting it.
To increase the green cover in Lira by undertaking re-forestation through tree planting in schools, homesteads and public spaces.
To create and promote self-sustaining environmentalism/clubs in secondary schools.
Expected results: Three secondary schools will be equipped with nursery bed.
Three neighboring primary schools will be mentored.
Twenty thousand trees will be planted within the area of coverage.
Three environmental youth club established in Lira district.
Target Group The project will primarily target youths in secondary schools, whereas pupils in primary schools will be involved at a marginal level, for instance in drawing contests and the festival. Five secondary schools will be involved in the major activities. The participation of homesteads and other community members will accrue as a multiplier effect of their sons and daughters who will have been empowered from schools.
The Project Description The overall idea underlying this project is to enhance the young people’s awareness, knowledge, and skills to help people make informed decisions that affect environmental quality, and profit from doing do. The project is designed to use young people as the major resource, the instruments of sustainable change. The individuals or group initiatives will play an integral part in helping to achieve the objectives of the project. The ultimate output to be achieved at the end of its implementation is that young people will be empowered with knowledge and motivation to be good environmental stewards and that at least 20,000 trees will have been planted within the district of Lira. The schools will be provided with seedlings for planting in woodlots, compounds and school boundaries.
Considering that young people may not own resources on their own especially land on which to grow trees, the general community will be sensitized such that the youth can easily ask for space on which to plant trees around their homesteads, schools or public land. The project will promote a greater appreciation of environmental protection and management, that is, focusing on school environments and homesteads.
Towards the end of the project, a dissemination workshop will be held. Five other neighboring schools will be invited to learn about the project achievements and will be encouraged to initiate similar activities.
School Yard Habitat: This will be the main project activity, and will be crowned with the festival. One-day conferences/workshops will be held in schools and students educated about the environment. Students will be encouraged to form small groups/teams of five people which can together pursue tree planting around the school. The students will also be encouraged to form an Environment Club to coordinate the activities of the different groups/teams and to liaise with the school administration. The major objective for these groups will be to seek answers for the question: “How green is the school yard?”, “How can we keep it greener?” The students will be encouraged to liaise with school administrators to find bigger space to plant trees.
Sensitization and training workshops: A one day sensitization and workshop will be held for students in sensitization on the role of trees on environmental conservation in each of the selected schools. Students will also be given a hand on training in tree planting and management. They will also form environment clubs in their schools to instill the spirit of environmentalism in the students. Schools that will participate in the workshops include;
Tree planting in schools: After training in tree planting and management, students will be provided by seedlings to plant at their schools. Tree planting will be done in woodlots, school compounds and along school boundaries. Early maturing eucalyptus trees will be planted and other local indigenous trees. Each school will be expected plant 10,000 trees in addition; students will be encouraged to initiate similar activities in their homes.
Environmental Essay Writing Competition: Students in secondary school level will be called upon to participate in an environmental essay competition.
The competitors will be required to prove that the essay is their original work, by having their essay endorsed by a teacher in their school;
Three copies of the essays will be made and given to three independent adjudicators for assessment;
The adjudicators will include, an expert in literature (preferably a teacher from a non-participating school or university, an environmental expert and any other credible scholar;
The marks award by the three adjudicators for each candidate will be added up and an average made;
In case of a tie, there will be a double assessment for the tying candidates;
Only three candidates will be rewarded accordingly; the first, second and third respectively.
Radio talk Show: A radio talk show will be held preferably together with festival. Issues ranging from “what is environmental degradation?” How do our daily activities harm the environment?”, “what is the role of each individual in protecting it?”, “what is the importance of conserving the vegetation?”, and “how can we conserve our environment?” will be explored. People will be encouraged to plant trees; call-in will be allowed for contributions and questions.
The talk show will be participated in by the teachers in charge of the project, Club representatives, Essay expert and an environmental expert, preferably including the mentor of the project from the district.
Green Living Experience Festival:This will be the grand finale event and will be the closing event for the project. Participating schools teacher in charge will be brought together to share their experiences and learn together in the radio talk show and winners of the drawing and essay competitions will be announced and rewarded on this day by MECPA while expecting each school to prepare the general green living experience festival with the surrounding community. (Theme: Cerebrating the Green Living Experience; Promoting Micro-interventions in Environmental conservation). The festival
MONITORING AND EVALUATION
Project management will continue to monitor the progress of all the activities in the schools. Quarterly reports will also be prepared to record the realized lessons during the various activities as undertaken. Records, both in writing, photography and video coverage will be compiled and kept, upon which a final report will be compiled at the end of the implementation. At the end of every training or event participants will fill in evaluation forms to enable me and the team to capture the significant issues, lessons learnt and views of the participants. Thank you letters will be written to school administrators, presenters and volunteers. An evaluation report will be written in which an account of the progress of the project will be recorded as well as the views and feelings of the participants who will have filled evaluation forms.
Follow up and sustainability
The environment clubs in schools will also assist in sustaining the project results. It is also hoped that more funding can be secured to expand and sustain the project, basing on the outputs that will be achieved. There is also the possibility of registering grass root association interested in plantation to advance the project.
PROJECT ACTIVITY WORK PLAN
Time in Months 2012
1. Mobilization and introducing the project.
2. Nursery bed plantation and management.
3. Seedling distribution.
4. Follow up.
5. Environmental essay writing competition.
6. Green living experience festival and Radio talk show.