Ngusishi Secondary School
Pop: 200 students
By July 2016, the tree nursery in the school was secured with a good fence and water storage tank to ensure that there will always be water for the tree seedlings. MKT will work with the school to grow enough tree seedlings for planting in the school area and for the students to grow in their homes.
Tree Nursery at Naro Moru Primary School
2nd May 2017
Mount Kenya Trust have recently completed the installation of a tree nursery at Naro Moru Primary School. The completion of the Naro Moru Primary School tree nursery brings the initial stage of our partnership with Mt. Kenya Trust to a close as we have supported the Mount Kenya Trust in the construction of 3 tree nurseries at 3 schools around Mt. Kenya:
The nurseries are fully set-up and functional and the schools able to generate income from selling the saplings.
The schools also have anagro-forestry program, growing wood fuel for their jikos and vegetables for their food.
The school now has a hands-on demonstration plot to support their agriculture and environmental subjects.
Further to this, our nurseries also support MKT's other program, One Tree Per Child, which promotes every child at the school to take a tree home and plant it there.
At Naro Moro Primary School, the children and staff are extremely enthusiastic to work with MKT on education and tree planting projects. Gutters have been fitted to the classrooms to collect rain water and stored in a 5000 liter tank for use in the tree nursery. The environmental club has also organized a rota to have pupils filling bags with soil in readiness for newly germinated seedlings.
Seedlings have started pricking with 3000 seedlings of cedar, cape chestnut, olive, grevillea rabusta. These seedlings will be sold to MKT for our tree planting site, exotic will support the community and at the school compound.
Sirimon Secondary School
Pop: 120 students
MKT was already working with Sirimon when BT came on board to support school nurseries. The school already had around 2000 seedlings growing and an area was fenced off and water tank installed to help nurture and protect the seedlings properly.
The nursery, which is cared for and maintained by teachers and students (with oversight from MKT), has now got some 5,000 cypress seedlings growing in it. The major challenge at this school is the cold and wind.
Some of these trees are planted within the school compound, which is almost entirely devoid of trees. Others will be sent home with students for them to plant within their communities and homesteads. One of our next steps is to introduce the rearing of indigenous tree species and work with the school management to ensure proper care and uptake of the seedlings.
The nurseries are part of a larger initiative that MKT are working on for environmental education within schools.
CHASE Africa are supporting the construction of woodlots in schools alongside tree nurseries to encourage children to plant, care and grow their own trees in a one acre woodlot. The Bunson CSR Tree Nursery projects and the CHASE Africa projects are working well in collaboration to keep the students motivated and interested in the long term benefits of growing tree saplings from seed, planting, caring for the trees until they reach maturity and then seeing the financial benefits.
Both Ngushishi and Naro Moru both have tree nurseries and woodlots. Sirimon opted out as they wanted to plant trees around the border of the school to create a wind break. The trees are being grown in the school tree nursery by the same environmental club who look after the tree nursery. These trees are then harvested after several years to produce timber or firewood for the school. The fast growing exotic tree casuarina was chosen for the purpose of reducing future dependency on fuel wood from the neighboring forest ecosystem. We also installed five industrial sized energy saving jikos for the school kitchens to go alongside the tree nursery and woodlots. An energy efficient saving stove is a complementary and practical tool that reduced the use of firewood. This means less pressure on the natural forest resources, healthier working kitchens, money saving and a reduction of trees cut on community land.
‘The small open fire jiko consumes three times more fuel wood than the energy saving stove,’ Mr Wachira, Headteacher at Naro Moru Primary School.
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