Analysis of ‘Man’ Cartoon-Steve Cutts

By Students from Rwamwanja-Uganda

Man’s Activities specifically economic activities like cultivation, industrialization has destroyed our climate. An if something is not done to restore nature and strike a balance between Industrialization and Climate Change, Earth will end up in ruins, the last part where the aliens come and are not happy with MAN is simply because they found a wasteland instead of home they expected to find. In short the video tells us we have already done enough damage and as such we need to do something about it before we lose our planet to effects of climate change created by ourselves

Introduction From Rwamwanja BTVET

We are students from Rwamwanja BTVET Centre, Uganda. Our school is located in western Uganda and we are  about 250 students both male and female ,Refugees and host communities. We are studying hands on skills in different courses such as AVET (Agriculture Vocational Education Training), Hairdressing, Tailoring, Mechanics, Blacksmith and Sandal making plus Computer skills. Our school is within Rwamwanja refugee camp where climate change has become a big challenge to us and natives at large. The weather condition in this place has totally changed in this case, we have been receiving rainfall in early February but now we are receiving little in late March. This is a very big problem because the biggest percentage of Us rely on Agricultural activities. Now it is high time as young students to focus on climate change and its effects, so that we learn about climate in and what we can do to help mitigate its negative effects.

We are happy and excited to participate in this project because climate change affects our daily life regardless of everyone’s status of living.   We shall do whatever is possible to collect different stories on climate change and how it affects the people in the community, and there we shall come up with ideas on how we can control these negative effects of climate change.

Together with the community we can make the world a better place for mankind by creating a very strong awareness of our environment and controlling the activities that lead to negative climate change in the world.

Below are some of the negative effects of climate change that are affecting us as a community and individuals.

  • Last year 2020, there was a shortage of rain and as a result, farmers’ crops were severely depleted, so food was very expensive,
  • Farmers even now do not know the best time to plant crops, because the summer has changed its course,
  • Cutting down trees for firewood reduces rainfall,
  • Climate change leads to poor infrastructure development Such as roads, houses and hospitals, especially during rainy season,
  • Climate have led to famine outbreak especially in mountainous area which have led to death of many peoples and animals leading to low population.
Students Discussing their Climate and Us Topics as a group after the first session of the project (Group One)

Students Discussing their Climate and Us Topics as a group after the first session of the project (Group Two)

Introductory Video

Introduction from Kongo Junior High School

Today we can introduce students from Kongo Junior High School from Nabdam district in Ghana.

In this video students from Kongo JHS introduce themselves and share their ideas about climate change. In Kongo community the biggest problems caused by climate change are extreme heat, land degradation and unpredictable rainfall. As a result of bush burning and wood logging many trees in the area have been destroyed which makes the situation with climate change even more difficult.

Kongo JHS students had a great first workshop on climate change and are eager to learn more. 🙂

Introduction: students from Tamsalu Gymnasium

We are students from Tamsalu Gymnasium, Estonia. Our school is located in northeastern Estonia and has about 400 students. We study global education where we learn about global problems including climate change. Our sister school is Eubere High School in Kenya. We have focused on climate change in our video and are interested in learning more about Kenya’s and other countries’ viewpoints on this subject. We believe that people should talk about climate change to make others aware of the severity of this issue. We must take care of our planet while we are still young and able to do so as we have to live here for the rest of our lives. We also have to protect the planet for the sake of younger generations who will live here one day. Everybody has the responsibility of keeping Earth alive.

Here is a short introduction video of us:

Climate Change and Us

Since the beginning of year 2021 we have been working hard to start the activities for our new school network project called “Climate Change and Us”. Young people from Estonia, Afghanistan, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Ukraine will be looking into how climate change affects them and their communities. We will collect stories about climate change, learn about storytelling and video editing and share these stories with our peers from other countries. Learning about the effects of climate change on the world will help us take action against it together.

So let’s start learning and sharing what we know with others. We’re all excited to get to know each other better. 🙂

Photo Essay – Munganga and Tamsalu

Munganga Secondary School and Tamsalu Gymnasium have a long history of partnership. As the latest activity, NGO Mondo volunteer in Kenya and Uganda Olle Kaidro and WEFOCO school coordinator Sophia Malaha organised a fun workshop for Munganga pupils and Anne Kraubner from Tamsalu gather her students to discover the pictures sent!

Step one – Receiving letters from Tamsalu’s students

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Step two – Answering to Estonian partner school

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Step three – Receiving letters from Munganga’s students

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St. Stephen´s Eshiakhulo Secondary School – Wild Nature

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Pupils in actions – reversed classroom

Hello! We are St. Stephen’s Eshiakhulo Secondary School in Kenya. Our WILD Nature activities involved groupwork around two tasks – messages of plants and making dolls with reused materials and natural materials. All students could work on the project they liked!

We hope our partner school, Toila Gymnasium will see them and organize their project work around the same topic.

 

Here you can see the pictures we draw. The most important plants in our nature are sugar cane and lemon tree with local importance and coffee tree as an international export article.

 

The second group worked on making dolls. We used materials that we could easily find – plastic bags, seeds, plant fibers. It was really fun to get creative and make something with our hands! The ready-made dolls we brought to our younger siblings.

You can see the process from these pictures and the video:

One group got very artistic with their poster while using the colors of Kenyan national flag!One group got very artistic with their poster while using the colors of Kenyan national flag!

 

One group got very artistic with their poster while using the colors of Kenyan national flag!

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Look what Kaylee Shark did!

 

Recycling workshop in Yakoti Primary and Junior High School

A group of students from Yakoti Primary and Junior High School took part in a recycling workshop on the 4th of November. We discussed the problems that plastic waste causes in the environment and ways to solve these problems. We came to a conclusion that the most important step to dealing with the waste problem is not to create the trash in the first place. By reducing the amount of single use plastics (bags, bottles etc) we buy and take from the shops we create less waste that needs to be disposed of. We also talked about how we should reuse these same plastic items many times and when they are no longer usable we can recycle them to make new objects.

Groups of students went around our school buildings and collected the plastic trash that was on the ground. We learned how to make yarn from that plastic and used it for weaving ropes, knitting and crocheting different objects. Some students even got the clever idea to make a net for the football goal in our school. All in all we had a fun workshop and learned a lot!

Zanlerigu Primary School and plants in our yard

Classes 4, 5 and 6 from Zanlerigu Primary took part of different school linking activities. From 7th to 11th of November.

Our friends from Estonia sent us a presentation about plants in their school yard. We looked at it with classes 6a and 6b and the Mondo teacher from Estonia was explaining the uses of these plants and some things about the climate and nature of Estonia. For us it is quite difficult to imagine a place than can be so cold at times. We made herbal tree from linden tree flowers and drank it together.

With class 6b we then went around our own school and talked about the ways we use the trees that are found here. The trees that we saw were Neem tree, Kapok, Flamboyant tree, Mahogany, Eucalyptus and Acacia. The most obvious benefit of all these trees is that they provide shade and coolness for us and our animals when the weather is very hot outside.

Some trees also have very special value for their beauty. For example in the beginning of rainy season the Flamboyant tree bears very decorative red flowers that are pleasing to look at. Flamboyant tree and Acacia belong to the the bean family of plants which means that they bear fruits that are stored on pods. These pods of seeds can be used to make different sounds and play music. These trees also have fern-like leaves that are made up of many small units attached to one leaf-stem.

The trees that have medicinal value are Neem tree and Mahogany. We can make tea from neem leaves, which can lower fever, clean blood, support liver function and much more. Around here people often use small sticks of neem tree to clean their teeth (the bark of neem is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory). The seeds inside neem berries can be used for making oil, which is widely used in production of cosmetics. This oil also has a use as natural insect repellent. Because neem is a fast growing tree it is also often used as firewood. Growing neem trees also makes the soil more fertile because the roots can grow very deep and bring minerals back to the surface of the ground.

Mahogany is a tree that is prized for the beautiful colour and texture of it’s wood. That is why it’s often used to make luxury furniture. Mahogany is a slow growing tree. We use the bark and sap of mahogany tree for medicine, especially to cure stomach pains. That is why when you see mahogany here, their trunks have many scars and holes in them. People routinely go to the tree to cut it and get medicine.

The Kapok tree has fruits that contain cotton like fibre. We use it to make pillows.

Eucalyptus is a tree uses up a lot of water from the ground, so people plant it to irrigate very wet areas.

After seeing all the plants and talking about them each student chose one tree and drew a picture of it also stating some of the uses of this tree.

With both classes 6a and 6b we read the letters from our friends from Kuristiku Gümnaasium and wrote letters about ourselves back.