Camion Hall garden hosts holiday camp exhibition | 04 September 2019
Thirty members of the eco-warriors club from various schools have put their carpentry and creative skills to the test by designing and building various furniture and other household items from recycled materials.
These items were on display in an exhibition and for sale at Camion hall earlier this week.
One of the mandates of the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change is to promote education for sustainable development starting with children when they are still very young.
Every holiday, the ministry organises holiday camps targeting mostly those pupils who are more enthusiastic and who can be role models and help in spreading awareness among their peers.
School holiday camp is a time when children coming from different schools with the same interest can be grouped together to take part in fun but also learning activities.
For the August holidays members of the eco-warriors club had been really busy.
“Recently we have observed that during the school holidays, many parents cannot supervise their children, and due to this the president (Danny Faure) in his state of the nation address in February called on different departments to join together to organise activities for kids during the school holidays,” said Fabian Palmyre, principal secretary for youth and sport.
PS Palmyre added that these activities are not only to keep kids away from bad influences but also to teach them skills such as carpentry and provide them with an opportunity to also learn about sustainable living.
Jeanette Larue, the director general for education and community outreach, noted that this exhibition is also a way for the kids, members of the eco-warriors clubs to raise money for a regional trip scheduled for December.
It has also been observed that school holiday camps provide children with valuable outdoor experiences which promote good interactions with nature and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the environment.
Holidays can help to complement school environment education activities, and provide our young environmentalists with opportunities to discover and learn about sustainable issues and the natural environment which surrounds them.
The accompanying photos show some of the exhibits which were on sale.