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Landscape of the Year 2018/2019 Senegal/The Gambia News (15)

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  Students from the Landscape of the Year visit Dakar 

The students from the Collège d’Enseignement Moyen (Middle School) in Koumbidja Socé close to Koungheul contributed greatly to the success of the opening event of the Landscape of the Year. Their accompanying teacher Mahamadou Lamine describes the excursion to Dakar, which the students were invited to by the board of ASAN:

During the yearly school excursion, students from the Collège d’Enseignement Moyen in Koumbidja Socé, the location of the opening ceremony of the Landscape of the Year, spent two days from June 8 – 9 in the Naturefriends House „Maison Alioune Diagne Mbor“ in Petit Mbao, where they visited Dakar and the surrounding areas.

All participating students (20 girls and 16 boys) are members of the Naturefriends group of the Collège or the “Club for education in family affairs” (Club Éducation à la vie familiale) from the school. The students were accompanied by five teachers.

The visit started on the Gorée island, which is a memorial for a dark chapter of human history as it was a focal point for slave trade. In addition, the trips to different museums, historical places and official buildings in Dakar were of great interest. The national board of ASAN used the student’s visit from the region of the Landscape of the Year Senegal-The Gambia to present the role and significance of Naturefriends on the national, regional and international level.

It was particularly important to remind the students that the trees, planted during the huge success of the opening ceremony for the Landscape of the Year in Koumbidja in January 2018, now need to be taken care of. The plantings are part of an international cooperation to promote climate justice and solidarity. The visit to Dakar, a city currently fighting coastal erosion, air pollution and a constant waste problem, gave the students a better understanding of the tremendous environmental challenges facing all of us.

Because of the positive experiences and impressions from the trip, the students understood which challenges each and everyone of them must face and find answers to.
The excursion to Dakar was an important step to increase the environmental awareness of the Senegalese students.
Accompanying teacher

A high percentage of the members of African Naturefriends organisations are students from schools and universities. This is especially true for Senegal. Thus, activities within the Landscape of the Year should also include this age group. It is planned to organise meetings between Senegalese and Gambian students in the border region, including mutual visits and sharing of information about questions regarding nature and the environment and sustainable development. The Senegalese students will be able to draw on their intensive work with the Naturefriends groups.

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