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WWF-Pakistan and Roots Ivy International School sign a MoU to educate school children on environmental issues

Posted on 5 August 2016

Islamabad, WWF-Pakistan and Roots Ivy International School signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Friday to establish a mutually beneficial relationship and provide students of the school environmental education and knowledge on the environmental issues of Pakistan and the world. The memorandum was signed by Hammad Naqi Khan, Director General, WWF-Pakistan, and Khadija Mushtaq, CEO, Roots Ivy International School System.

The MoU provides WWF-Pakistan the opportunity to extend environmental and ethical awareness to studentsthrough the organisation’s School Outreach Programme and Youth Engagement Programme. Students from the school will be given an opportunity to have hands on experience through activities designed to help them understand the core values of environment conservation. The programmes aim to give students an insight into the biodiversity and ecosystems of Pakistan, environmental challenges faced by the country and sustainable solutions to overcome these challenges.

On the occasion,Hammad Naqi Khan, WWF-Pakistan stressed that environmental education has emerged as an important approach worldwide in encouraging students to conserve and protect the natural environment within their schools, their neighbourhoods and ultimately becoming effective ambassadors to sensitize communities on environmental issues. “Pakistan is challenged by the nexus of environmental degradation and climatic change, which are directly linked with the conservation and maintenance of life supporting systems such as the land, water, air and biological diversity. To achieve environmental and development awareness our organisation has been working tirelessly with students since the 1990s to strengthen attitudes, values and actions which are compatible with sustainable development,” Hammad Naqi Khan said.

Speaking about the collaboration, Khadija Mushtaq, CEO of Roots IVY International Education Network addressed the audience that the MoU would add on to the overall experience the schools provides the students with. The holistic experience would enable the students to become ‘complete individuals’ because it is time to take ownership of the Earth and help conserve the natural assets and bounties we have been blessed with.

WWF-Pakistan’s School Outreach Programme and Youth Engagement Programme promote the integration of environment and development concepts, in particular the analysis of the causes of major environment and development issues in a local context. Drawing on the best available scientific evidence and other appropriate sources of knowledge and giving special emphasis to further train young minds to become decision-makers of the future.The programmes impart an active teaching learning method and in turn require students to use critical thinking skills such as analysis and evaluation.


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