Environmental education for children in Kenya: a study of environmental education for children in the informal sector (volunteer organizations, non-governmental organizations and international organizations)
Cohen, Sarah Winthrop
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Children are important in Kenya and indeed all over the world. This study shows that in terms of the environment it is crucial to educate the children of Kenya. But how? In the formal sector of education in Kenya there is little opportunity for children to have an environmental approach integrated into their studies. Such an option requires the additional training of teachers, educators, and administrators. This requires added funds when there are very little to spare. But an answers has emerged to this dilemma. The organization in this study represent elements in the formal sector that are providing services and materials pertaining to various aspects of the environment to the children of Kenya and there educators. Many problems face these organizations. The population of children is high in Kenya, and often geographical distribution of target groups is so uneven that adequate awareness is hard to stimulate. Also funds are often restrictive of potential programming capabilities. But this does not hamper these organizations in terms of accomplishing what they can. And as things stand now in Kenya, these organizations sometimes provide the only feasible materials in which children can draw upon to learn about the environmental problems in Kenya. Awareness in being generated and an, inspiring movement is emerging in slow creation. An awareness that begins with the children and their educators and will slowly permeate into more and more crucial areas of Kenya. An awareness that will herald in a new motivation to learn and know the environment and its problems - to know its beauty-and be willing and able to protect it.