For every child, green champions
Meet our green champions: environmental volunteers who are leading the Green Schools project.
At the Toumodi-Sakassou primary school, in the centre of Côte d'Ivoire, Andy Costa, 42, teaches gardening to students as part of the green schools project. Andy is an ecologist and the founder of My dream for Africa, an organisation that raises the awareness of African countries on ecological issues and the use of green transportation.
Working on this project with young passionate people is a real pleasure. My organisation is supporting UNICEF to turn every school built out of recycled plastic bricks into green schools through the creation of gardens, tree planting, the installation of solar panels and handwashing stations for a healthy environment. - Andy Costa, environment activist.
Andy is realizing one of his most cherished dreams by working on the green schools project. He is the father of two boys and wants every child to be born and raised in a healthy environment that is beneficial to their well-being.
This is also the dream of Guy Kodja N'da, a 43-year old school principal and green schools volunteer. Guy is the director of the Essankro primary school in Assinie, in the South-East of Côte d'Ivoire. Since 2017, he has taken the personal initiative to give gardening, recycling and sanitation lessons to the students who attend his school.
"As a principal, one of my goals was to make students want to come to school by creating fun and educational activities. It was also important to teach them how to protect our environment." - Guy Kodja N'da
Guy is collaborating with UNICEF on the Green Schools project to share his experience and commitment to the environment. His role is to sensitise and train both teachers and school principals to carry out activities for students.
I want every child to have a green school where they can have fun, learn and do the right things to protect our environment.
The Toumodi-Sakassou primary school is the second school made of recycled plastic bricks that has been turned into a green school. Environment clubs as well as hygiene and health clubs have been set up, so that the students can carry out activities such as tree planting and gardening, and observe hygiene and prevention measures in a fun way.
In their classes, Béhibro Yvan and Kouakou Arielle, both 10, are the president of the environment club and of the hygiene and health club respectively. Every day, they make sure that their friends follow the measures they learn during the activities and training sessions. They are very happy to take on these responsibilities and even encourage their parents to do the same.
For every child, the right to grow and learn in a healthy environment.