Environmental Education for sustainability (EEFS)

Environmental Education for sustainability (EEFS)

In this project we get class sessions with young people in schools and communities to explore environmental issues, engage in problem solving, and take action to improve the environment. As a result, Young people develop a deeper understanding of environmental issues and have the skills to make informed and responsible decisions.

We emphasize the key components of environmental education;

  • Awareness and sensitivity to the environment and environmental challenges
  • Knowledge and understanding of the environment and environmental challenges
  • Attitudes of concern for the environment and motivation to improve or maintain environmental quality
  • Skills to identify and help resolve environmental challenges
  • Participation in activities that lead to the resolution of environmental challenges

Environmental education reveals a close connection between changing concerns about the environment and its associated problems and the way in which environmental education is defined and promoted. The concern over environment and development problems has meant greater support for an educational approach, which not only considers immediate environmental improvement as an actual goal, but also addresses educating for ‘sustainability’ in the long term. Many schools have embraced Cherish Aid Foundation for this initiative of environmental education for sustainability (EEFS),

Access Right to Information

Access rights to information relates to the entitlement of citizens and in some instances noncitizens to obtain information from governments and other bodies that hold information as custodians for the public. Cherish Aid Foundation promotes access rights to information through litigation and dissemination of information on environmental rights and laws for effective participation in decision-marking, conduct research and training for the public as well as government enforcement officers on access rights: access to information, access to justice and public participation in the governance of natural resources.

Youth Agri-Focus Scheme

In this Program, we sensitize the young people on how to get rid of poverty through practicing agriculture and livestock grazing.

Economic empowerment in Agriculture involves the provision of all the necessary financial support to enable individuals and businesses excel in agriculture.

Cherish Aid Youth Agri-focus scheme

Introduction

Uganda has one of the youngest
populations in the world with 78% of the population below the age of 30. About
23% of the population is between 18 and 30 years. 64% of the unemployed persons
in Uganda are youth.

Acknowledging viable employment and
income earning opportunities remains a critical challenge that youth face,
there is potential for the agriculture sector through promotion of a culture of
innovative entrepreneurship among Ugandan youth to increase employment.  Cherish
Aid Foundation aims at contributing towards changing the attitudes/mind-set
among rural youth and communities to perceive agriculture as a viable business
option. Cherish Aid foundation developed a Strategy for Youth Employment in
Agriculture, with support from Waka Tours. The priority intervention areas of
the strategy are:

  1. Strengthen the enabling environment for youth
    employment,
  2. Improve youth education and learning,
  3. Support youth oriented agriculture extension,
  4. Promote and support youth agricultural entrepreneurs as
    an incentive for job creation and income generation;
  5. To enhance youth adaptation and resilience to climate
    related agribusiness risks and uncertainties.

Below are specific activities under
each of the above priority intervention areas:

Objective 1: Strengthen the enabling
environment for youth employment

  1. To Strengthen the policy and legal framework that
    address issues of Youth Development
  2. To enhance land access and control by the Youth
    (Land Fund, Sensitization on access and control);
  3. To Increase access to financing youth agriculture
    services
  4. To increase access and use of  ICT for youth
    agriculture;
  5. Support the youth to access agricultural machinery

Objective 2: Support towards Youth
Oriented Agriculture Extension

  1. Review and adapt guidelines on integration of gender,
    youth and vulnerable groups into extension services;
  2. Promote youth involvement through capacity building and
    linkage to service providers. Identify and assess the unique youth
    technology and capacity needs.

Objective 3: Improve Youth education
and learning

  1. Support Peer farming education system (Agric. Clubs);
    1. Support education institutions to organize Youth
      agricultural clubs and camps;
    2. Support National agricultural competitions for the
      youth to facilitate peer learning;
    3. Promote practical school farming systems, farmer field
      schools.
  2. To promote vocational training.

Objective 4: Support Youth
enterprise and entrepreneurship

Promote and support youth
agricultural entrepreneurs as an incentive for job creation and income
generation

  1. Support the Profiling, showcasing and rewarding of
    successful youth entrepreneurs

Objective 5: Adaptation to and
mitigation of agribusiness risks and uncertainties

To enhance youth’s adaptation and
resilience to climate related agribusiness risks and uncertainties

  1. Support development and promote uptake of best
    practices, innovations and technologies relevant to addressing
    agribusiness risks and uncertainties, Smart Agriculture;
  2. To enhance occupational health and safety among the
    youth.

Key interventions of CHERISH AID
FOUNDATION:

  • Capacity building for the youth including vocational
    training institutions, and incubation centers;
  • Encourage usage of family land and sensitization of the
    family leaders and elders to allow youth access to land;
  • Buying, hiring and putting public or redundant land to
    use;
  • Linking Youth programmes to the financial institutions;
  • Encouraging ICT in agriculture;
  • Enhancing and strengthening the extension services.

Child Education Support

Mpogo Community primary school is a community based school located in Buikwe District

Mpogo community school is a gender mixed school that has been in existence for the last 50 years. It started with a number of few residents in the region that felt need for education in their village and mobilized each other to come up a few furniture to educate their children. For over the last 50 years the community has been struggling to upgrade the school to fit in the 21st century competences by installing infrastructure but they have failed due to poverty and other related problems affecting their wellbeing.

The school has 5 classes (nursery – Primary five) and It is comprised of 99 students. It has 7 volunteering teachers that are surely in an unbearable situation and need a lot to trigger their love and commitment to serve well.
We managed to organize our team to reach the lives of those children out there that lack every good in their lives just like any other child out there in a better home.

Topic 1 #MPOGOstudylifechallenges
As cherish aid foundation We found out that the school lacks enough classrooms to accommodate the number of pupils and the classes.

According to the Ugandan syllabus every child on primary level have to study the allocated subjects to fit in the standards of other school but due to few classes the pupils find themselves missing out the cores of education because they have to share the available classes to leave room for others to study the little affecting them.

They sometimes study in trees and some other grass roofed classroom only when the weather is favorable. When it rains or when the weather is not conducive, they are forced to share to share a class with different subjects of study and teachers making it hard for the pupils to concentrate and focus on that particular study.

The small available classrooms are in a miserable state without cement, dusty floor and jiggers which clearly affects the child health and academic growth.

The pupils are affected with jiggers because none of them comes from a family that can provide them with shoes.


Not enough furniture for the pupils to multitask while studying. The available seats are mere benches that can’t meet the study methods of any proper class.

They face many problems while studying for example they will have to kneel down while writing notes during the lessons.

There is not enough scholastic materials for both the pupils and teachers. The pupils lack enough books to help to write the notes and reminders and end up writing all the subjects in one book while others even fail to own a single book. And For the volunteering teachers, they don’t have text books to guide them on the syllabus and during their teaching.

Some of the pupils come from far distant places from school and making them reach late at school because they can’t risk walking in the early morning scary roads.

As cherish Aid Foundation we managed to donate to them books, pens, pencils, and clothes.

if you join us and we empower together they can change their lives please contact us be a blessing to the less privileged #cherishAidfoundation

Nandawula Mellisa

My name is Nandawula Mellisa  I’m 4 years old I’m a student at Mastard seed Nursery School in Jjinja in Baby Class and my father cannot afford school fees for us and I  have a problem with school fees, food, clothings, and medical, I would love to get anyone who can stand with me to help me see my meet my necessities

School fees per term is = $61

Clothings for a Term    = $28

Food per Term = $ 85

And the Total is = $ 174