The Environmental Citizenship Program of the Bahrain Women’s Association for Human Development celebrated Earth Day with a series of events from 18 to 24 April, 2017. The activities fall under Earth Day’s theme of this year, “Climate Change Literacy”, targeting different age groups from kindergartens to Primary school children raising their environmental awareness in easy and practical ways.
The program presented a series of interactive workshops focused on one concept “the importance of restoring and re-planting the seeds”. Children were taught how to develop the habit of collecting the seeds of the fruits they eat, and the positive impact of sowing seeds on climate change. At the primary school for boys on April 18, 2017, the concept of seeds was delivered through in simple related activity by “make their own household fertilizer”. Whereas, in Ahdhan’s kindergarten, on April 19, 2017, play activities with lots of fun was conducted to promote the seed concept. On 20th April 2017, at Al-Hanan preschool, storytelling method was used, to the seed’s life, struggles, and its happy ending when it returns to nature. At the Champions Academy on April 22, 2017, a group of elementary school boys participated in an environmental competition to separate different types of seeds, as to touch feel and identify them.
The program also presented “wise consumption” concept to reduce the impacts of climate change, targeting the primary students of the Middle East School on April 24, 2017. The difference between the two concepts, “Needs and Desires” of the human being was explained along with the effect of excessive consumption on the cycle of consumption and production, that massively effects the environment and the climate change.
The Environmental Citizenship Program with its various activities aim to promote and instill values to ensure that environmental behavior stems from understanding and belief among children, thus enhancing the sustainability of such behavior.