STUDENTS of St John Primary school this week had an opportunity to learn new skills and knowledge on how to plant tree using simple processes and method.
Honami Kanehori, a Volunteer under the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) who works with the National Herbarium and Botanical Garden Division of the Ministry of Forestry and Research leads the programme.
Ms Kanehori told the students ‘the importance of trees to us expressing it since the beginning; trees have furnished us with two of life’s essentials, food and oxygen’.
“As we evolved, they provided additional necessities such as shelter, medicine, and tools.
“Today, their value continues to increase and more benefits of trees are being discovered as their role expands to satisfy the needs created by our modern lifestyles,” she adds.
She emphasises that as students at a very young age, “they are the generation with power in your thumb to make that change and help replace the trees that we have used”.
Students were also shown practically how to use waste water bottles or empty cup noodles, to grow seedlings and plant the seedlings in an open environment.
This simple process with the use of simple illustration of pictures drawn in the form of flow charts gave the students a good understanding of the tree planting process.
The awareness programme is a continuous effort of the Ministry of Forest and Research together with JICA in getting the basic tree planting skills and knowledge to the young age especially students who are future generations of this country.