Taking the Environmental Message to Vanuatu Schools
Across the month of August, VASANOC development officers, Anolyn Lulu and Sacha Duthe, made weekly school visits conducting information and activity sessions in support of the environmental campaign being undertaken by both government and non-government stakeholders in the lead up to the Van2017 Pacific Mini Games.
The purpose of this initiative has been to raise the awareness of environment protection through these presentations using sports activities and the promotion of the special environmental sports day – Protect What Matters - which will take place on September 9.
Joining the VASANOC team were sport development officers from several of Vanuatu's national federations including AFL, Basketball, Athletics, Rugby and Rowing.
The school visits which involved almost 200 students and teachers across five schools in Port Vila, were conducted in support of a larger project which is an initiative based on environment protection and that incorporates the Port Vila Clean Up campaign, the Van2017Pacific Mini Games and the Protect What Matters sports day event.
Key messages delivered to the children through the sports activities were those underlining waste management, saving water and learning to live without plastic.
With the students joining in the classroom discussions many questions were asked and topics raised underlining one of the main purposes of such an initiative - to get the next generation thinking and work to change the generational mindset.