PRESS RELEASE: Creating Tanzania’s young eco champions
September 18, 2013:
||A confirmation class in Tanzania prepare to plant trees to help the local environment.
The Prime Minister of Tanzania, the Hon. Mizengo Kayanza Peter Pinda, will
be the official guest at a two-day ARC workshop to discuss how to
integrate faith values into teaching on the environment in Tanzanian
The toolkit looks at seven environmental themes in detail – water, health
(sanitation and hygiene), agriculture, waste, energy, biodiversity and
climate change. Within each theme specific faith teachings have been
highlighted as well as information and classroom activities that link into
the Kenyan curriculum.
The workshop, which begins tomorrow in Dar es Salaam, brings together key
faith leaders as well as representatives of Tanzania’s ministries of
education and the environment, and secular partners. The aim is to inspire
the eco champions of the future by linking action to protect the
environment to the faith values and beliefs held by young Tanzanians about
caring for creation.
The workshop has been organised by ARC, the Jane Goodall Institute,
Tanzania, and the Kenya Organisation of Environmental Education (KOEE),
with funding from USAID via the African Biodiversity Conservation Group.
Delegates will hear case studies and experience of the ground-breaking
teacher’s toolkit developed by ARC and KOEE for Christian, Muslim and
Hindu primary schools as well as the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots and
Shoots programme, which works with young Muslims in Tanzania’s coastal
The Faith-based Education for Sustainable Development Teacher’s Toolkit,
launched by ARC and KOEE in Kenya in July 2013, integrates faith values
about caring for creation with teaching on the environment in primary
The toolkit also includes sections on good practice teaching methods, such
as drama, games or role play, as well as how to become an eco-school, set
up small micro projects and school case studies.
This is the first time such a toolkit has been produced and although it
has been developed for Kenya, the aim is to make it available to other
countries in Africa to adapt for their own use.
The Tanzanian workshop is the first step in that process, says Mary
Bellekom, ARC’s Africa education programme manager. “As well as learning
about the work already being done in Tanzania, we are here to share what
we’ve done in Kenya in the hope of inspiring Tanzanian faith groups,
teachers and education officials to take it up and adapt it for their
purposes. Next year we will take the toolkit to Uganda.”
The workshop will also look at Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots and Shoots
programme which encourages young people to make positive change happen –
for communities, for animals and for the environment.
It provides a network of resources to engage youth with their local
ecosystem through the development of meaningful service campaigns. Roots
and Shoots has been successful among Muslim schools in Tanzania’s coastal
communities and the aim is to expand it to the rest of the country.
About JGI, KOEEThe Kenya Organisation of Environmental Education (KOEE) was founded in 1997 as a not-for-profit non-governmental organisation and is a member of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) International.
The Jane Goodall Institute in Tanzania inspires action on behalf of
endangered species, particularly chimpanzees, and encourages people to
help make the world a better place for people, animals, and the
environment we share.