International Mother Language Day – 21st February

This day is marked every 21st February to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The day was acknowledged by UNESCO on 17th November 1999. In 2009, the Ethnologue acknowledged existence of 7000 distinct spoken languages in the world. Kenya boasts of 68 spoken languages.

Languages play an inherent value in education and development. Our cultural diversity and numerous languages is an immense resource for our nation. Our cultural practices could have a negative or a positive contribution to environmental management.

Some suggested activities

1. Organise a public awareness week for communities to exhibit about their cultural diversity and languages. Note the role played by the natural environment.
2. Invite reknown linguists and scholars to sensitize the community members on contribution of African languages in education and development.
3. Organise for an exposition of proverbs and idioms
4. Invite the elders from the community to share with the younger generation their cultural heritage.

For further assistance, please contact

Kenya National Commission for UNESCO

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Emblematic September

All out for nature

All out for nature

September is now here with us. Do you know that we have several major celebrations funded to the tune of millions of Kshs? Take time to study our environmental calendar which provides lots of interesting activities near your locality. These celebrations can be turned around to leave a mark for a better natural environment. You can learn more from the links provided alongside each day on the list below. Watch out and participate in the following special days
1. International Literacy Day (https://ayubmacharia.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/international-literacy-day)
2. International Day for Preservation of the Ozone Layer (https://ayubmacharia.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/international-day-for-the-preservation-of-the-ozone-layer)
3. International Day for Peace (https://ayubmacharia.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/international-day-of-peace)
4. National Solar Day (https://ayubmacharia.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/national-solar-day)
5. World Clean Up Day (https://ayubmacharia.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/clean-up-the-world-day)
6. National Book Week (https://ayubmacharia.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/national-book-week)
7. World Tourism Day (https://ayubmacharia.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/world-tourism-day)

There is something to look forward to this month. Try the proposed activities, link up with the event organizers and share your experiences on this blog.

Clean up the world day

Clean your backyard

Clean your backyard

Clean up the World Day is marked every 3rd Saturday of September. This day was first celebrated in Australia in 1990. The success of the celebrations in Australia has led other countries to embrace it and Clean Up the World Day can now be regarded as a global event.
Everyone generates a lot of waste daily. Disposal of waste is a major challenge at individual and municipal level. Most municipalities especially in developing countries do not have adequate capacity to handle waste. Hence liquid and solid waste is scattered in the environment. Poor management of waste leads to negative impacts on the environment such as decline in aesthetics, increased disease prevalence, blockage of storm drains and sewerage pipes leading to flooding, among others.
Clean Up the World Day is an occasion to reflect on our backyards and surroundings and cleaning them up. Some of the activities that one could undertake include planting trees; cleaning the backyards, roads, parks or beaches; conserving water; running environmental awareness-raising and education initiatives among others.

Suggested activities

  • Organize a meeting involving local stakeholders to discuss waste management issues. Identify waste generated, quantities, negative impacts on the environment, how its managed, challenges faced and identify actions that could be taken to solve waste management problem.
  • Implement activities to address the local waste management problems such as sorting at source, recycling, waste reduction, clean up etc.
  • Develop and circulate posters to highlight waste management problem and proposed solutions.
  • Compose songs, drama etc on waste management and recite them in public gatherings.
  • Write an essay/article on how you celebrated World Clean Up Day and share it on this blog.

For further information, contact

UNEP (www.unep.org)

http://www.cleanuptheworld.org/en

National Environment Management Authority (www.nema.go.ke)

Labour (Workers) Day

Labour Day is celebrated every 1st May. The day was declared a workers day in 1899 by the international socialist congress meeting in Paris France. It was first observed in Kenya in 1958 and is currently marked at national and County  level. Workers day serves as an appeal by workers for fair wages, decent working conditions, justice and sense of responsibility and caring in work paces.

Some working environments are unhealthy to people. Some people may be working in hazardous environments without wearing appropriate protective devises such as gloves, face masks and protective clothing. We should ensure that all working environments are healthy to avoid injury, disease and death.

Suggested activities

  • Let this be a week long activity for students and the community. Divide the participants in groups and assign them work within the school and in surrounding institutions such as the industry, hospital, post office, police station, the chief’s office etc. The participants should later discuss the environmental hazards that affect people at the workplace and suggest ways of minimizing or eliminating them.
  • Compose songs, drama and poems focusing on working in different places such as being a pilot, nurse, farmer etc.
  • Organize an art competition to depict the plight of Kenya workers.
  • Organize prize giving ceremony for the cleanest class and students in the school, cleanest worker in the company or individuals/groups/institutions that portray best environmental practice.
  • Organize for a talk on importance of hard work, time management, punctuality, setting of goals and strategies and how to achieve them.
  • Invite an expert to discuss about development of Environmental Management System or policy for your institution or local area.
  • Write an essay or summary notes on how you celebrated the Labour Week. Publicise your success on this blog.

For further information, contact:

Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Services (http://www.labour.go.ke)

Central Organization of Trade Unions (http://www.cotu-kenya.org)

Federation of Kenya Employers (http://www.fke-kenya.org)

World AIDS Day

The World Aids Day is marked every 1st December. There are over 41million people living with HIV / AIDS globally. In Kenya, about 2.2 million adults and 106,000 children under the age of five were infected with the HIV. Over 700 people were reported to die daily because of AIDS and most of these were aged between 15-49 years .

AIDS is a major problem affecting our society. Nobody knows who it will strike next and no one is completely protected from it. Patients suffer illness, many children are orphaned, the country loses manpower and the economy deteriorates. Kenya loses close to kshs . 210 million daily from AIDS related cases. The patients often suffer rejection by society. AIDS patients need support physically, emotional, financially and spiritual. They should not be treated as outcasts. World AIDS day is dedicated to raising awareness about the disease and empathy for its sufferers. People are encouraged to consider the sufferers , care for them and the members of the afflicted families. It’s also an opportunity for the community to learn more   about AIDS in order to prevent further spread of the disease.

Suggested activities

  • Look for a volunteer who has AIDS to share real experience about the disease with students and members of the community.
  • Discuss strategies on how to address the AIDS problem locally .
  • Organize drama, sports, songs, dances, poems and posters to publicize the AIDS problem
  • Initiate project to improve livelihood for those infected as well as those affected by the HIV /AIDS menace.
  • Write an essay or summary notes on how you celebrated the world AIDS day. Publicize your success on this blog.

    For further Information, contact:

    Ministry of Health (http://www.health.go.ke)

    National AIDS Control Council (http://www.nacc.or.ke)

    Local Health Centres

Africa Industrialization Day

Africa Industrialization Day is celebrated every 20th November. The date was declared by the United Nations in 1990 in response to under – industrialization in Africa. It aims at mobilizing commitment of political leaders, decision makers, business community, consumers and the international community to appreciate the role of industrialization in increasing economic growth. In most developing countries, development of sustainable agriculture based industries such as food processing, leather, textile, wood and metal working industries, local cottage and handcrafts have been proved to contribute to higher rural incomes, increased agriculture production and improved food self sufficiency .

Although poverty eradication is a key concern in advocating for industrialization, environmental concerns need to be given greater attention. Industries are known to cause air, water and land pollution. Some industrial accidents can lead to radiation exposure that can affect many people and for many generations.

Suggested activities

  • Visit an industry or a local farm that produces agricultural products for industrial use and request for a guided our in the premises. Establish how they address environmental issues in their activities .
  • Identify the raw materials produced locally for industrial use
  • Collect litter around your locality . Identify the industries that are responsible for producing the materials you have collected . What advice can you give to the respective industries to address the problems of waste disposal? Give the industries the advice.
  • Initiate a project to promote reduction, reuse and recycling of the solid waste materials collected from the school and the locality .
  • Write an essay or summary notes on how you celebrated the Africa industrialization day . Publicise your success on this blog.

For further Information, contact :

Ministry of East African Affairs,Commerce and Tourism (http://www.tourism.go.ke)

Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development (http://www.industrialization.go.ke)

Kenya Industrial Estates (http://www.kie.co.ke)

Week for Disarmament

The Week for Disarmament is celebrated between 24th – 30th October. The week marks the founding of the United Nations. The date was proposed in the final document of the general assembly special session on disarmament in 1978. States were called upon to highlight the danger of the arms race, propagate against it and sensitize people on the urgency for disarmament.

Government spends a lot of money on military personnel, technology and hardware. The cost of lives lost in conflicts is immeasurable. If this effort were directed towards developing human potential and conserving the environment, most human problems that cause insecurity could be solved.

Kenya is surrounded by countries that are at war. Guns find their way into the country and are used to commit crimes. The week for disarmament is an effort to encourage people to choose the path leading to peace, development and self- discipline instead of anarchy and violence.

Suggested activities

  • Report to the police anybody in possession of illegal firearms and criminals operating in your locality.
  • Visit the museum and see various weapon used by various communities at different times. Watch a film on war and conflicts.
  • Hold a meeting at your local area to discuss safety and peace. Develop strategies to create awareness on need for peace and safety.
  • Draw some peace artifacts used by your community.
  • Invite elders and discus how the indigenous people addressed issues of safety and peace in the past.
  • Write an essay or summary notes on how you celebrated the disarmament week. Publicize your success on this blog.

 For further Information, contact:

Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government (http://www.mirp.go.ke)

National Museums of Kenya (http://www.museums.or.ke)

Community Peace Museums Heritage Foundation (http://www.cpmhf.org)

Local Police Station

 

Mashujaa Day

Mashujaa Day is marked every 20th October. This is a day named in honour of the first president of the Republic of Kenya and other freedom fighters who sacrificed themselves for the country to attain her independence. It marks the anniversary when President Jomo Kenyatta and other nationalists were arrested on 20th October 1952 and a state of emergency declared during the struggle for independence. The day is dedicated to the spirit of sacrifice for this country which was expressed by our nationalists. The Kenyan community is encouraged to sacrifice themselves for good visions to safeguard their country , its people and the environment .

Suggested activities

  • Attend the national celebrations in your local area.
  • Invite elderly people to give a talk on how the environment was during the struggle for independence.
  • Discuss in groups the environment problems affecting this country.
  • Plant trees and cleanup the environment to mark this day.
  • Organize cleanliness, best practices and environment competitions and give prizes.
  • Compose songs, poems, drama and dances about the need to safeguard our environment.
  • Identify some local people who have made outstanding contribution in improvement of the local environment. Appreciate them.
  • Look for readings from the Bible, Quran or the religious books on people who sacrificed themselves for a worthwhile course. What lessons can we learn from them?
  • Identify the struggles and sacrifices that we can make to safeguard our environment.
  • Suggest and implement activities to improve the local environment.
  • Write an essay or summary notes on how you celebrated Mashujaa day. Publicize your success on this blog.

For further Information, contact

Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government (http://www.mirp.go.ke)

County Commissioner

The local administrators such as the Sub-County Commissioner, Chief, Sub-Chief

World Food Day

The World Food Day is marked every 16th October. The day was endorsed by the United Nations in 1980 and marks the date the food and agricultural organization (FAO) was founded in 1945. Food is an essential but limited renewable resource to human beings. In some parts of the world, malnutrition and famine affects many people. Increase in human population has led to introduction of farming activities in marginal areas and  environmental degradation. Some hybrid varieties have been selected and promoted without considering their sensitivity and additional needs in terms of water, expensive fertilizer and other agrochemicals. The indigenous food plants have often been ignored.

World Food Day aims at creating awareness for people to consider the social economic and environment costs of food production. People are encouraged to develop healthier and sustainable eating habits. This is aimed at ensuring that there is adequate and quality food for all people.

Suggested activities

  • Invite elders from the community to discuss about foods found in the local natural habitats such as fruits and wild vegetables. Also discuss how indigenous people used to get foods.
  • Bring different types of foods, cook it and eat together. Make it an indigenous food day for the local area to taste and appreciate food from different homes/ communities.
  • Discuss within groups the kinds foods available in most of your meals – whether the food is grown in the local area and whether it is from an indigenous or exotic (plant or animal) variety
  • Establish whether there are any malnutrition problems in your locality.
  • Discuss what can be done to ensure food security within the locality. Implement feasible suggestions.
  • Invite an expert to discuss about food issues in Kenya.
  • Write an essay or summary notes on how you celebrated the world food day. Publicise your success on this blog.

For further Information, contact:

Food and Agricultural organization (FAO) (http://www.fao.org)

Kenya from Hunger Council (https://www.facebook.com/KenyaFreedomFromHungerCouncil)

Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (http://www.kilimo.go.ke)

Kenya Resource Centre of Indigenous Knowledge (KENRIK) based at the National Museums of Kenya (http://www.museums.or.ke)

World Habitat Day

The World Habitat Day is marked every first Monday of October. The date was declared in 1985 by the United Nations after a recommendation by the Commission on Human Settlements. The day was first observed in 1986, 10 years after the United Nations conference on human settlement (held in Vancouver Canada in 1976). Habitats refer to places where communities of plants and animals live together under a set of environmental conditions. Man’s activities have changed many habitats driving other species away or even leading to extinction of some species.

World habitat day is dedicated to looking at habitats of man and other living organisms. There is need to maintain a balance to allow all organisms to live on this planet. This calls on us to preserve numerous and diverse types of habitat to ensure continued survival of all spices.

Suggested activities

  • Visit the national park, Bomas of Kenya, traditional villages, slum settlement etc. Ask an expert to conduct a guided tour.
  • Invite an elder from the locality to discuss how they lived in the past.
  • Discuss how man’s activities have affected the habitats within the locality.
  • Conduct cleanups to ensure clean habitat.
  • Invite an experts to discuss the activities of the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UNHCS- Habitat) in Kenya.
  • Discuss what can be done to rehabilitate the degraded habitats. Implement the feasible suggestions.
  • Write an essay or summary notes on how you celebrated the world Habitat day. Publicise your success on this blog.                                                    

For further Information, contact:

United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UNHCS-Habitat) (http://unhabitat.org)

World Tourism Day

The World Tourism Day is marked every 27th September. The World Tourism Organization selected this date in 1979. The day is dedicated to creating awareness on importance of tourism amongst the international communities. Tourism globally have biophysical, social, cultural and economic values. In Kenya, it’s estimated that one lion living to seven years of age attracts $515,000 by tourists viewing it.

 Eco-tourism involves developing a tourist industry that creates jobs for people and at the same time promotes sustainable use of natural resources. Tourism can often lead to environmental degradation. It is important to control tourist activities (the numbers and methods of access) in order to maintain the neutral status of an area and to avoid disturbing wildlife and ecosystems.

 

Suggested activities

  • Plan a visit to the tourism attraction centers such as national parks, museums, cultural centers etc.
  • Invite tourists to school and in the community and interact with them.
  • Make a list of things that you are attracted to in your local environment and which you can invite tourists to come and see/enjoy.
  • Organize an indigenous food festival at school/community.
  • Hold traditional dances at school/community level.
  • Discuss in groups how you spend your recreation time.
  • Discuss what can be done to make your school and the surrounding areas to become a major tourist attraction area. Implement the feasible suggestions.
  • Write essay or summary notes on how you celebrated the World Tourism Day. Publicise your success on this blog.

For further Information, contact:

Ministry of East African Affairs,Commerce and Tourism (http://www.tourism.go.ke)

Kenya Tourism Federation (http://www.ktf.co.ke)

Kenya Wildlife service (http://www.kws.org)

National Museums of Kenya (http://www.museums.or.ke)

National Book week

National Book week is marked every last week of September. The focus of the Book Week is to encourage Kenyans of all walks of life to read books for leisure and acquisation of knowledge. Its aims at transforming Kenyans from an exam oriented readership to readers who will read on any subject without restricting themselves only to their areas of interest.

Various activities are planned at the National Library centers including book exhibitions and displays, story telling, poetry, recitation, children reading tent, reading and writing competitions, book talks and other cultural activities. Others include book launches, book auctions and book donations. Sometimes training seminars for teachers and librarians are held. This week could be a good opportunity to explore reading materials available on the environment.

Suggested activities.

  • Visit a national library near you.
  • Look for publications on the environment.
  • Check for availability of publications addressing environmental issues in your local area.
  • Form a publishing club to publish issues on the local environment, that is, about local plants, animals, social issues, and economic activities and about people’s decisions and actions regarding the environment. Use the cheapest means to publish the findings. It can be handwritten or typed and bound.
  • Initiate a library at school or within the community
  • Write an essay or summary notes on how you celebrated the National Book Week. Publicise your success on this blog

 For Further Information, contact

National Book Development Council of Kenya (http://www.nationalbookcouncilkenya.org)

Kenya National Library Services (http://www.knls.ac.ke)

National Solar Day

The day is marked every 3rd Saturday of September. This day has been celebrated in Kenya since 1996. Focus for the day is renewable energy such as biomass (wood and plant based material), hydropower, wind power, geothermal, tidal energy, solar thermal and solar photo voltaics. Renewable energy provides cheap alternative energy which does not degrade the environment. Its use may minimize increase in carbon dioxide gas in the atmosphere due to burning of fossil fuel, displacement of people to build hydropower dams etc. Activities to mark this day are usually held at the Nairobi Arboretum.

Suggested activities

  • Prepare posters to demonstrate various forms of renewable energy and how they are used
  • Prepare poems, songs and drama on solar energy
  • Visit a waste-recycling place and enquire how they convert solid waste into useful fuel
  • Visit any renewable energy enterprise and learn more about energy
  • If possible attend (or initiate ) the local Solar Day celebrations (Similar to the one at Nairobi Arboretum)
  • Initiate waste reduction, reuse and recycling within the school and the community
  • Invite an expert to discuss about solar energy; how it is harnessed; merits and demerits; what hinders its widespread use etc.
  • Discuss the various ways by which traditional and modern lifestyles have relied on various types of renewable energy
  • Write an essay or summary notes on how you celebrated the National Solar Day. Publicise your success on this blog.

For further information, contact:

Ministry of Energy and Petroleum (http://www.energy.go.ke)

Friends of Nairobi Arboretum (FONA) (http://www.naturekenya.org/content/friends-nairobi-arboretum)

International day of peace

The day is celebrated in September and was declared in 1981 to commemorate the opening day of regular sessions of the UN General Assembly. The day is devoted to strengthening ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples of the world.

The world has experienced wars in many places. This day is crucial to Kenya which has accommodated many refugees from neighboring countries. Besides being at war, there are increased incidents of crime in the country that affects all people daily. This day provides an opportunity to focus on the need for people to relate with one another in a peaceful way and to shun violence, physical and emotional abuse and all forms intimidation.

Suggested activities

  • Develop posters, drama, songs and poems to express the need for peace in the world.
  • Visit museum and look for exhibits on peace, war, conflicts and refugees. Watch a film on the same.
  • Identify an elder from your local area and enquire more about his/her experiences during the struggle for independence.
  • Look for war experiences documented in the Bible and Quran.
  • Look for peace initiatives or conflicts resolution efforts documented in the bible and Quran.
  • Enquire from the local elders the peace tree that were used by your community to resolve conflicts.
  • Plant peace trees that were used by your indigenous community.
  • Initiate and implement a programme to promote peace within the school and the community.
  • Write an essay or summary notes on how you celebrated the international day of peace. Publicise your success on this blog.

For Further Information, contact:

Ministry of Sport, culture and the Arts  (http://www.minspoca.go.ke)

Community Peace Museums Heritage Foundation (http://www.cpmhf.org)

Peace and Justice Commission of the Catholic Church (http://www.cjpckenya.org)

International Day for the preservation of the Ozone layer

The day is marked every 16th September. The ozone layer is an invisible fragile shield of gas in the atmosphere that protects the earth from harmful ultra violet rays of the sun. The layer is very sensitive and has started to degenerate due to the current increase in emission of ozone depleting substance such as chrolo floro carbons (CFC’S) used all over the world.

The day commemorates the signing of the Montréal protocol on 16th September 1987.The signatories (governments) agreed to cooperate to phase out the use of ozone-depleting substances. On this day governments deliberate on progress made in reducing the use and emission of ozone – depleting chemicals. On this day we reaffirm the value of the ozone layer as a natural shield around us.

Suggested activities

  • Hold a debate on what ozone layer is. Identify how activities by the local community could be contributing to its depletion.
  • Develop a poster to illustrate the links between CFCs and the ozone layer.
  • Compose songs, drama, poems, and dances about the ozone layer.
  • Form an ozone layer club to address human activities at school and community level which affects the ozone layer.
  • Address issues such as the use of polythene bags and plastics. Polythene bags burn and release ozone depleting gases to the atmosphere. Promote the use of alternatives such as sisal woven baskets (“ciondos)
  • Write an essay or summary notes on how you celebrated the International day for preservation of the ozone layer. Publicize your success on this blog.

For further Information, contact:

Kenya Ozone Office of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (http://www.environment.go.ke)

 

International literacy Day

The date is marked every 8th September. It was set aside in 1965 by the United Nations at a meeting on education held in Tehran, Iran. The aim was to focus world attention on illiteracy. The year 2003-2012 was declared as the United Nations Literacy Decade: Education for all. Literacy (the ability to read and write ) is a basic human right by all people today. It is estimated that about 1billion people worldwide are illiterate of which 4 million are in Kenya. Eradication of ignorance and illiteracy is one of the key objectives of the Kenya government since independence.

Besides academic literacy many people are environmentally illiterate There is need for more awareness campaigns on basic concept of environment conservation.

Suggested activities

  • Identify the libraries in your local area and visit them. Explore the types of reading materials present. What reading   materials are there especially on environment? Read materials about caring for the environment.
  • Initiate a literacy club to develop reading materials for the school and the community. Participate in compiling more information about the local environment.
  • Discuss how more information can reach the community.
  • Develop a resource center to promote environmental literacy within your local area.
  • Initiate environmental literacy activities such as developing simple posters to explain local environmental issues, explain linkages between clean environment and good health, trees and the greenhouse effect, trees and rain etc.
  • Compose songs, poems and dances on the environment.
  • Write an essay or summary notes on how you celebrated the international literacy day. Publicize your success on this blog.

For further Information, contact :

UNESCO (http://en.unesco.org/events/international-literacy-day-2014)

Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (http://www.scienceandtechnology.go.ke)

Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Services (http://www.labour.go.ke)

World population Day

The day is marked every 11th July and was first observed in 1987 when the world population reached 5 billion people. The day was acknowledged by the United Nations in 1989. The world population currently stands at over 6.2 billion. By 2070, it is expected to be 9 billion. The day serves as a forum for governments to review progress made in areas of population and reproductive health in order to identify gaps and emerging concerns.

Kenyan’ population in 1999 was 28.7 million with a growth rate of 2.9%%. The number increased to over 40 million in 2009. The country’s natural resources suffer from increased pressure. Rapid population growth and poverty intensify environmental health risks. To meet increasing food demand, the farming methods applied sometimes cause soil erosion and pollute freshwater resources. Environmental diseases such as waterborne disease and malaria as well as overcrowding can lead to the death of many people including children.

The world population day provides an opportunity to reflect on our numbers and to compare this with the natural resources available. It aims at addressing issues such as improvement of health, education, poverty alleviation, employment, housing, slow population growth rates and promotion of environmentally sound technologies. These aims are geared towards improving the general dignity of all people especially the status of women and children.

Suggested activities

  • Compose songs, poems, drama and dance about the population.
  • Develop posters about population problems in the country.
  • Invite an expert to talk about population issues and how population growth leads to environmental degradation.
  • Visit the museum and look for exhibits dealing with population issues.
  • Write essay or summary notes on how you celebrated the World Population Day. Publicise your success on this blog.

For further information, contact:

United Nations Population Fund (http://www.unfpa.org)

Ministry of Devolution and Planning (http://www.devolutionplanning.go.ke)  

National Council of Population and Development (http://ncpd-ke.org)

World Refugee Day

The day is celebrated every 20th June. It was proposed by the UN on 4th December 2000. The day commemorates the 1951 Convention relating to the status of refugees. It was previously marked as African Refugee Day. Globally there are millions of displaced people of which majority are in Africa. Many of these refugees are internally displaced. The leading African countries with refugees are Sudan, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi, Eritrea, Angola and Ethiopia all largely due to war. Kenya presently hosts over 200,000 refugees from neighboring countries.

 Kenya experienced internal displacement of people during the early 1990s and 2007 as a result of tribal crashes and post election skirmishes that affected parts of the Rift Valley and Coast Province. The displacement of people brings problems such as collapse of the agricultural sector, migration to urban areas, poverty, congestion, poor health, insecurity, increased dependence and environmental degradation. The refugees are denied access to education’s social and cultural stability and to basic freedoms.

 Suggested activities

  • Compose songs, poems and drama about the refugee problems.
  • Visit the museum and look for exhibits of war and peace. Watch a film on war and conflicts.
  • Give donations to assist the refugees such as clothes, shoes, buys blankets, tents, cooking utensils, grains etc.
  • Visit a refugee center near you and observe the challenges they face in life. An expert can discuss about his/her experiences with the refugees. Encourgae refugees to participate in rehabilitation of the environment for instance in planting trees.
  • Initiate peace negotiations to stop wars and to allow the displaced people to go back home.
  • Write an essay or summary notes on how you celebrated the Refugee Day. Publicise your success on this blog.

 For further information, Contact

United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) (http://www.unhcr.org)

Fathers Day

Fathers Day is marked every 3rd Sunday of June. The celebrations are thought to have started in 1909. The day entails expressing gratitude to fathers by giving them gifts and greeting cards. In many countries, very little is known about the day. However it has been noted that some shops stock gifts for the occasion. The day can be made more meaningful by using materials from the environment as well as encouraging fathers to pay attention to local environment issues.

 Suggested activities

  • Invite fathers to school to have a fun day with their children.
  • Present gifts that have some message about the environment to your father.
  • Compose songs, poems and drama about fathers.
  • Have some time out with your father to the museum, national park, or to any good restaurant and remind him that ‘it’s father’s day’. Tell him your feeling about what he does for you. Ask him his life history, the challenges of bringing up children, handling economic demands; ask him what aspiration he has for you and the environment in future etc.
  • Share your concern and hopes about the management of the environment at home, local area, national and international level.
  • Write an essay or summary notes on how you celebrated the fathers Day. Publicise your success on this blog.

    For further Information, contact:

    Ministry of Sports Culture and the Arts  (http://www.minspoca.go.ke

World Day for Water

The day is marked every 22nd March and was set aside by the United Nations in 1993 to promote greater appreciation of water. Water is a basic need and an important catalyst necessary to accelerate both economic and social development. Water is a precious resource in Kenya but is limited and unevenly distributed over space and time. Wetlands are important reservoirs of water. Increased pollution, overuse and misuse of wetlands put severe strains on our water resources. Frequent droughts also affect water availability.

Water day celebrations are meant to create awareness and promote more responsibility to protect and conserve our water resources. Every drop of water counts and if each one of us saves little, we can save a lot.

 Suggested activities

  • Look out for the sources of water for the local people, commercial enterprises, school etc.
  • Identify the various uses of water in your home area.
  • Calculate how much water is used from that source per day.
  • How is the water source in your home area?
  • Identify the local technologies associated with water.
  • Try to recycle water in the school, home or workplace
  • Plant trees to attract rain
  • Look out for ways in which the school and the community store water.
  • Explore how we can save more water.
  • Invite the elders from the community and discuss how they used to get water in the past. Compare with how you get it today.

  • Compose poems, songs, dances and drama about water.
  • Write an essay or summary notes on how you celebrated the World Day for Water. Publicise your success on this blog.

For further information, contact:

Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (http://www.environment.go.ke)