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Children’s Day 2024: CSDevNet hosts Arts & Crafts for a Sustainable Future Hackathon

Children's Day 2024: CSDevNet hosts Arts & Crafts for a Sustainable Future Hackathon
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Children’s Day 2024: CSDevNet hosts Arts & Crafts for a Sustainable Future Hackathon

The Climate and Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet) held a program to commemorate Nigeria Children’s Day through the Climate Action Heroes Hackathon at Pilot Primary School, Kwali Abuja on May 27, 2024.

The event gathered over 50 students from primary 5 and 6 to educate them on pressing climate change issues while nurturing their creativity and problem-solving skills. The focus was on Arts & Crafts solutions that promote a circular economy and climate change action.

Pictorial Excerpt: Presentation of prizes to outstanding students

In his opening remarks, the CSDevNet National Network Coordinator, Mr. Steve M. Abuh, represented by the Programme Officer Paul Joseph, welcomed the students and thanked the school for hosting the event.

He highlighted the importance of educating students about climate change, igniting their passion for environmental stewardship, cultivating critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and empowering them to become agents of change within their communities.

He also urged the students to avoid activities that worsen climate change and encouraged them to act as stewards of the environment.

“Engaging young minds in tackling climate change and creating awareness about climate justice brings us a step closer to a sustainable future,” he said.

“Students should engage in climate action by keeping the environment clean, avoiding improper disposal of plastic waste, and reducing pollution,” he added.

The school’s Senior Head Master, Mr Danjuma Shagi, also spoke, welcoming the CSDevNet team and thanking them for educating the young students about climate change. He remarked that “lessons learned from this program will be implemented.”

Pictorial Excerpt: Presentation of prizes to outstanding students

Mr. Paul Joseph facilitated a session on understanding climate change and its local impact, engaging the students with fundamental knowledge on the topic. The students actively participated by asking questions and contributing to the discussion.

Ms. Mariam Idris, the Program Assistant, conducted an interactive session on climate justice and circular economy principles.

10 students developed creative and sustainable Arts & Crafts products using upcycled/recycled materials to address local environmental issues. They presented their artworks to a panel of judges, and the top five students with outstanding works were selected and given prizes.

At the end of the program, the team donated tree seedlings to the school, and the students participated in a tree planting exercise. The students pledged to grow the trees and actively maintain a clean environment.

The Climate Action Heroes Hackathon provided a unique platform to nurture the next generation of environmental stewards in Nigeria. The students were equipped with knowledge, skills, and a sense of commitment to champion climate justice and advocate for climate action within their families and communities through their creations.

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