The Environmental Education Programme (EEP) seeks to raise the awareness of secondary school students on the challenges and opportunities in the green growth in Africa. The programme is conducted anually under the supervision of Ms Sonma Agatha-Christy Okoro, the Manager, Administration of ISNAD-Africa. The objective is to educate and educate the secondary school students to facilitate critical thinking towards finding sustainable solutions to environmental and energy issues facing their communities. The webinar is also aimed at motivating students to pursue professions in the field of sustainable energy (renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy access), environmental sustainability, and climate change disciplines.
On September 4th 2019, Ms Nzino M. Victorine G., the Communication Associate of ISNAD-Africa held a meeting with Mr Abah Georges Mendi, the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) Coordinator by then. The latter expressed the positive response of the institution to the invitation of ISNAD-Africa. In prelude to the webinar session, an interactive session with the students and the staff was scheduled. The session was scheduled for the international section of the school with Mr Adeleke Adedoyin, the Executive Director of ISNAD-Africa as facilitator.
On September 20th 2019, a team of ISNAD-Africa composed of Mr Adeleke Adedoyin and Ms Nzino M. Victorine G. was on Mada International College campus. At 2pm, the team had a meeting with Mr Abah Georges Mendi in his office. During the meeting, a presentation of the vision and structure of the school was made; also ISNAD-Africa team was introduced to the staff members of the school. ISNAD-Africa team was then directed by Mr Abah Georges Mendi, the now director, to the conference room were the discussion session was to take place.
A presentation was made by Mr Adeleke Adedoyin on Capacity building on Environmental Sustainability. The students were called-up to see the challenges existing in their environment as opportunities to be change makers in terms of sustainability. Careers opportunities in the sector of renewable energy were presented; also, ISNAD-Africa’s history, objectives and perspectives were shared with the students. Following the presentation, students shared with the audience the presentation they had prepared.
Five students among which three boys and two girls worked on the preparation of the presentation. Two boys were selected to display the powerpoint. They approached the challenges noted in the energy field in Africa. They identified renewable energy as a solution to the named challenges; and stated their qualities and variety of sources. However, they highlighted the limited accessibility of the technology due to the high cost of equipment.
The presentations were followed by a subsession of question and answers. The latter started by remarks made by Mr Adeleke Adedoyin who congratulated the students and brought in some corrections on their presentation. The students showed great interest in this subsession. This interest was expressed in the questions and ideas they expressed in link with renewable energy. The response of Mr Adeleke Adedoyin was equal to the enthusiasm of the students. He answered their questions, offered to support students who had project ideas.
Despite the time challenged mentioned by Mr Adeleke Adedoyin, he emitted the perspective of creating a web link for Mada International College on the web page of ISNAD-Africa in view of promoting all environmental linked activities of the school.
On the part of the school, their engagement was expressed in setting an environmental club and rendering more visible the recycling activities they carry out. They made mention of their recent collection of wasted car tyres that were often burned to recycle as decoration items in the school premises. This activity was carried out by students.
The session ended with a group photo, exchange of business cards and the confirmation of the next appointment set for the Environmental Education Programme. A positive feedback from the students’ parents on the interactive session with ISNAD-Africa came up during the Parents’ Teachers Association meeting that took place few days later.