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Pre-School Students Plant 2000 Mangrove Trees In Support Of COP23

Pre-School Students Plant 2000 Mangrove Trees In Support Of COP23
Parents hand out Mangrove soots to their children to plant at the Laucala Bay Foreshore. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga
September 08
11:00 2017

 

Kindergarten students attending the University of the South Pacific Edu-care Centre are stepping up and showing their support for the incoming COP23 President Voreqe Bainimarama.

During the national Constitution Day holiday yesterday the 135 pre-school students were joined by their parents, teachers and families as they planted 2000 mangrove trees in the waterfront of My Suva Park.

The pre-school students were assisted by the Ministry of Forestry staff.

Avi Singh, 5, said planting mangroves would save our planet, as mangroves play a very important role in climate change.

“Perhaps the most important role of mangroves is that they protect coastlines from wave action by holding soil together and prevent coastal erosion. They protect the shore from being washed away by big waves,” a fluent Avi said.

His mother Asha Singh, 39, was happy to accompany her son to the pre-school students’ initiative.

“I’m here to support my son for the climate change programme. This is their idea and contribution to help clean Fiji and save our environment,” Mrs Singh said.

“Their teachers have organised them well as they are quite well informed about the planting of more mangroves. This will break tsunami waves and make a barrier to the reef when a tsunami comes,” she said.

“My son is proud to be here and be part of this programme. And he has learnt a lot from school about climate change and what causes climate change and its effect on us. Every time he comes home he will tell us not to cut trees or throw rubbish carelessly.”

Another student Reetui Prasad, 5, said mangrove forests provide homes to several species of plants and species.

“Mangrove swamps function as habitats for fish, crabs and other living things, provide food for the many species, and the roots hold soil against storms.

Reetui said many living species rely on mangroves and people should plant a lot of mangroves.

Head teacher, Sereima Ravana, said the school theme for this school term was “Climate Change”.

“We want our children to be aware about climate change, global warming, its effect on the environment and the surroundings we are living in,” Ms Ravana said.

“We will not stop here we will carry on planting mangroves in future to protect our shores.”

Ms Ravana said this was the first time the kindergarten is carrying out a project of this magnitude.

“Everything should start and involve children, because when we are gone, they are the ones who are going to be left to cope with all these. In making them know about this will train them to be resilient and able to do what is necessary when we are not going to be here,” she said.

“Climate change is real and its happening and no one will stop it.”

Apart from the theme, other small sub-topics taught to students include the 3Rs – Recycle, Reuse and Reduce, green house effects and the effects of climate change.

“We also teach our children agriculture, soil, water and many things that are related to climate change,” Ms Ravana ended.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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