Since 2013, ARAMA is one of the 26 organisations piloting innovation for education projects in partnership with the Ministry of education. ARAMA has initiated eco-schools programme as an innovation to promote environmental awareness and action as intrinsic part of the life and ethos of a school.
The innovation aims to improve the school environment beyond beautification to provide innovative approaches and resources to facilitate teaching and learning in relation to environmental issues in selected 100 primary and secondary schools in Gicumbi, Gatsibo, Kirehe and Ngoma Districts.
Innovation is achieved through the use of a variety of teaching techniques that promote participatory learning and critical thinking about environmental issues ; which ultimately lead to positive change in the lifestyles and behaviour of the pupils, students and the community members in general.
• Training of 243 teachers as ToTs (Trainers of Trainers) on EcoSchools ;
• Implementation of Eco-schools seven steps in pilot schools
• Pilot schools have established eco-school gardens and grow a variety of vegetables, pulses and cereals and have planted agroforestry and fruit trees in their school grounds ;
• In partnership with the Rwanda Education Board, eco-school guides have been developed to integrate environment and climate change issues in the curriculum subjects ;
• Students and school competitions have been organized in pilot schools to further raise public awareness on environment issues in schools and surrounding communities and the best 24 eco-projects are awarded ;
• Improved engagement with Ministry of Education and other relevant public institutions and other stakeholders
- Schools have developed specific action plans with a number of activities to mitigate climate change
- Existence of school gardens that serve as a teaching resource, outdoor classrooms and promote the garden-based nutrition education, income generation, environmental conservation, and school feeding programme ;
- Increased number of water taps to enable students have access to drinking and hand washing water
- Litterbins are available in schools and schools have put in place mechanisms to raise awareness among students to collect litter.
- Animal husbandry, beekeeping and fish farming in schools to promote biodiversity as a teaching resource and an income generating activity.
- Schools have set up agroforestry and fruit tree nurseries for tree planting in and out their schools ;
- Environmental awareness in communities through students and extension on farming skills, environmental literacy in communities around schools borrowing from schools’ experiences.