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CODAF Established A Million Tree School Club at Sonnicity Universal School Ughelli , Delta State

One of the commitments made during the second flag off of the A Million Tree Project which took place at the Ughelli North Local Government Secretariats on October 5, 2020 was to scale up the project to secondary schools. On the 4th of May, 2021, CODAF team led by its Executive Director, Benin Richard, visited Sonnicity Universal School Ughelli, Delta State for the establishment of the A Million Tree School Club (AMTSC) and the flagging off of the project in the school. The presence of the CODAF team was well greeted by the teachers present who were already inquisitive about knowing what the "A Million Tree Project" was all about.



In a sequential order according to their class, the students assembled at the assembly ground. Addressing the students on the importance of the project, Benin Richard started with the need to preserve the environment and the role of trees in this regard. To test the understanding of the students of the importance of trees, the students were made to list some tree species known to them. Miss Bella, a primary three pupil, made a mind-blowing presentation on the importance of trees to our environment. CODAF team and the entire school management were amazed at how an eight-year old girl could demonstrate why the trees in the forest must be preserved. This singular action of Miss Bella earned her a scholarship from the management of CODAF.

Miss. Bella receiving a Scholarship from CODAF Executive Director 
All the students were satisfied with the lecture, and this resulted in a voluntary request from both the schoolchildren and teachers to join the A Million Tree school club, which was confirmed to be the first club in the school. Membership forms were distributed to teachers at the school who were assigned to mentor the students regarding the club's activities. CODAF further made a commitment to monitor and evaluate the progress of the club and to give room for support when it is needed, especially in production, planting and nurturing the growth of trees.

Names of teachers to supervise the A Million Tree School Club:
1. Okpolua Benedict
2. Bini Onome Jacqueline
3. Oluegba Joy
4. Obukohwo Rita.

Concluding the engagement, tree seedlings were presented to the school management which were received by Mr. Benedict Okpolua, one of the staff advisers of the AMTSC. According to Benedict, the planting of the tree will mark a new dawn of environmental consciousness in the school.

The senior prefects (head of the school) of Sonnicity Universal School, gave a vote of thanks to the CODAF team on behalf of the management, staff and students of the school. He promised that the school club would do well in representing the mission and vision of the organization well.


WHAT'S CODAF

CODAF also known as Rural Community Empowerment Initiative (RUCEi) works to bridge the communication gap between policy makers and the grassroots AND raise awareness of rural dwellers and empowering them to be active players in environmental decision making.

This mandate is anchored on article 24 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights which states that “All peoples shall have the right to a general satisfactory environment favourable to their development

OurGoal

To engage in intervention projects that builds the capacity and empowers rural community people to defend their collective rights to participating in natural resource governance through a right-based approach

OurMission

To engage in intervention projects that builds the capacity and empowers rural community people to defend their collective rights to participating in natural resource governance through a right-based approach

OurVision

We envision a self-sufficient community in the management of their environment and resources without any form of marginalization.

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