Students of USP Educare Centre march along the Laucala Campus.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Educare Centre concluded its term three with the launch of COP23 awareness at the Laucala Campus on 8 September 2017.
The Educare centre is a pre-school centre that caters for children aged 3-6 years. The teachers provide well planned play-based activities which help children develop holistically to acquire all the skills necessary for school.
Term three was themed Climate Change with various topics of discussion each week including: pollution; greenhouse effect; global warming; deforestation; water conservation; impact of climate change; and climate change adaptation.
Speaking at the launch, Mrs Sereima Ravana, Head teacher of USP Educare Centre said that climate change is real and that everyone should be made aware of this, from adults to secondary and primary school students right down to pre-school kids.
Mrs Ravana told parents that their children have the idea about what climate change is, through the various learning programmes throughout the term.
She said that children, from a very young age can do something to reduce the quick growth of climate change.
Mrs Ravana noted that it is important to have an awareness programme on the effects of climate change, how they can contribute towards the slowing of climate change and about COP 23 and Fiji’s presidency.
“I feel that everyone needs to be aware, know how to be resilient and how to be able to cope up with the effects of climate change,” Mrs Ravana said.
The Head teacher acknowledged the support of Mr Glenn Pope, Group Manager, Campus Life, staff of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education and teachers of the Educare Centre.
Parent, Ms Leilani Tiko said that the programme was really inspiring and an educational one for her.
Ms Tiko further stated that it was really good for her child as she got to understand more about climate change, the need to plant trees, and the importance of looking after the environment.
She thanked the teachers of the Educare Centre for educating them and letting the children be more aware of their environment from a very tender age.
“I am so blessed that at this age, they are able to know about COP 23, climate change and the environment,” Ms Tiko said.
The students planted 2000 mangrove plants along the Nasese foreshore as part of their term-long awareness, on Thursday 7 September 2017.
As part of the awareness programme, the students marched with their parents and teachers from the University’s old main gate, down through the Australia-Pacific Lecture Theatre and through the road along USP Gym right to the Educare Centre.
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