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Paynesville Schools Benefit From CEPIL Eco- Clubs

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  • Aims At Raising Awareness On Environmental Protection & Pollution Control

By Elbie Sebleh

MONROVIA: Climate and Environmental Protection Initiative of Liberia (CEPIL) over the weekend officially launched the “Green Protectors eco-club” aimed at creating awareness on environmental protection including biodiversity, conservation, WASH education and pollution control.

Providing over of the initiative, Mr. Tundy Rodney Tarn, I, Executive Director of CEPIL said, despite facing major challenges using their meager resources and sacrificing time, they were able to officially pilot the Eco-clubs in four schools in January 2024.

He named the Effort Baptist Church School, John Lewis Morris United Methodist School, Dya-Wulu Cooperative Learning Center and the Paynesville Community School (PCS) as eco-club schools.

The Climate activist added that as a nation, Liberia can combat Climate change issues by using the holistic approach, leaving no one behind Including elementary students.

” The purpose of this eco-club is for us to raise awareness on environmental protection, biodiversity, conservation, WASH education, pollution control,
Communities and streets sensitization,
Climate and Environmental Education by developing the minds of the next generation on environmental and climate change issues and Scientific research and reporting on climate change related issues,” he noted.

Mr. Tarn added that the Eco-clubs awareness campaign was also characterized by discussions on topics such as ethics, Patriotism, mannerism & etiquette, Importance of environmental clubs, environmental education, Definition & Description of the Environment, Human interactions with the Environment, climate Change, Public Health (WASH) and agricultural Science.

” The curriculum used was designed to meet the needs and understanding of students at the elementary level.’ The topics were designed for students to think deep and make commitments, do better as citizens of Liberia and the world at large. We are grateful to all our partnering schools for entrusting us with their students and facilities. We are also grateful to all the parents that cooperated with us” he concluded.

Officially launching the Eco-club, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Executive Director, Dr. Emmanuel King Urey-Yarkpawolo, extolled Mr. Tundy R. Tarn and his team of volunteers at The Climate and Environmental Protection Initiative of Liberia or CEPIL for inviting him to launch this important initiative.

“We must teach our children to smell the earth, to taste the rain, to touch the wind, to see things grow, to hear the sun rise and night fall”. These valuable early life lessons will encourage them to care.

“On behalf of the EPA and in my official capacity as the Executive Director and CEO, I declare the Eco-Clubs of CEPIL officially launched,” Dr. Yarkpawolo noted.

He lamented that if sustainability is defined as using resources in a way that will allow future generations to meet their own needs, children, especially early learners, are the bridges that link the existing generation of adults to the future, unseen but certain generations.

Dr. Yarkpawolo added that there are certain life lessons that when missed at an early learning stage of life, that can’t be taught during adulthood.

According to him, in the invitation letter CEHIL wrote “Over the past five months, pointed out that its dedicated volunteers have piloted one of the innovative and practical eco-clubs in four elementary schools.

Dr. Yarkpawolo added that he learned that the curriculum used was designed to meet the needs and understanding of students at the elementary levels. Prior to this program, we also successfully ran an Eco-talk series with several high schools for two years”.

He further indicated that the human race is faced with a difficult choice which includes the choice to continue business as usual by unsustainably using resources, building in wetlands, creating garbage and improperly disposing them, corrupting the resources of countries and with these vices drive our own race to extinction or we take the opportunity of changing our behaviors for our own survival and the survival of our species.

“The Earth has gone through billions of years with major changes and it will continue to be here but we may not be here if we do not change our business-as-usual behaviors of profiteering, corruption and the widening of social inequalities which result to environmental degradation including warming the earth that alters life as we know it today” he concluded.

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