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Education workshop organised by the Presbyterian Church of Cameroon to develop a curriculum in environmental studies and climate change for primary schools

Presbyterian Church in Cameroon

The Presbyterian Church in Cameroon is one of 26 Christian, Muslim and Hindu faith groups in sub-Saharan Africa that launched its long-term environmental action plan at ARC's Many Heavens, One Earth, Our Continent Celebration in Nairobi, Kenya, in September 2012.

About the Church

The Presbyterian Church in Cameroon is a national faith-based organisation with a strong presence in all the 10 regions of Cameroon. The Church has 1,364 congregations with around one million Christians.

The PCC operates nearly 180 schools as well as a teacher training college and a degree- granting theological seminary. It has four movements:
  • The Christian Youth Fellowship
  • The Christian Women Fellowship
  • The Young Presbyterians
  • The Christian Men Fellowship

    It operates four general hospitals and around 20 health centres. It runs several development projects including a rural development and agricultural programme, micro financing, gender and women’s projects and several vocational training projects.

    In the area of environmental protection, the PCC was among the first non-state actor to engage in tree planting as a contribution to alleviate the effects of climate change. Since the early 1960s, the PCC has planted over one million trees in different areas of Cameroon.

    The PCC has also championed the protection of water catchments in several villages and runs a rural development agricultural programme at the Presbyterian Rural Training Centre in the northwest region of the country.

    Long-term Commitment for a Living Planet

    The Presbyterian Church in Cameroon's long-term plan includes proposals to:
  • Organise Green Week Celebrations in all PCC congregations and schools;
  • Preach sermons on the environment;
  • Develop and implement curricula on environmental education in PCC schools;
  • Plant 100,000 trees in communities nationwide;
  • Design a national tree planting map;
  • Develop community forests in two communities in NW Cameroon;
  • Carry out community training in modern food crop & livestock practices;
  • Train local farmers in sustainable agriculture and agroforestry techniques;
  • Promote and monitor the use of energy efficient options in PCC institutions, including the use of solar panels and fuel efficient cookers;
  • Monitor and encourage proper waste disposal at PCC institutions.

    More information

    To read a summary of their plans, click here. To read the full plan, click here.

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