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Schools to develop small forests within their compounds 

Kirinyaga county government has launched a programme designed to encourage schools to participate in environmental activities by developing small forests and woodlots within their compounds.

The programme targets 60 schools within the county though it would later be extended to cover others in the county.

The  Deputy Governor, Peter  Ndambiri on Wednesday said the programme will raise environmental awareness to students and ultimately the community.

Ndambiri said the programme will involve students in improving their environment through a participatory and rewarding programme.

He said each school will get between 300 and 600 tree seedlings to plant in their compound, and after two years there will be an evaluation of the activity and the best institution will be rewarded.

“Schools woodlots will be monitored after every four months by a team of judges drawn from forestry department and National Environment Management Authority (NEMA).

He said the entire project targets to involve at least 40,000 students who will replicate planting of trees at their homes.

The winning schools will be evaluated based on growth rate of trees, their efforts, innovativeness and creativity.

The first prize will be 20,000 litre tank plus Sh.40, 000, second prize 15,000litre water tank plus Sh.30, 000 and third prize 10,000litre water tank plus Sh.20, 000.

He said they will be partnering with the ministry of education in the programme aimed at imparting environmental conservation efforts to the future generation.

By  Irungu  Mwangi

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