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Nigeria: NES organizes National Youth Environment Tour
Detail: The Nigerian Environmental Society (NES), a non-profit making Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), in collaboration with Tourism and Environmental Development Initiative (TEDI) an NGO that seeks to promote understanding of the environment and global challenges in relation to tourism potential in Nigeria is organising for the first time, Youth Environmental Tour for youths in secondary schools in the country.

According to the Executive Secretary of the society, Ane Leslie Adogame, the three-day tour, which is slated to hold from Wednesday August 7 to Friday 9,, will cover three states namely: Lagos, Ogun and Oyo.

He said that the focus is to bring together youths from various institutions in order to be exposed to outdoor environmental education strategy "that focuses on the total environment (natural and built) and to also emphasise attitudes, values, skills, motivation and participation to solve environmental problems. Adogame pointed out that the objective of the tour include helping students acquire an awareness to the total environment and its problems.

The tour is also aimed being to help the students acquire a set of values and feelings of concern for the environment and the motivation and commitment to participate in environmental maintenance and improvement, so as to enable students acquire a basic understanding of how the outdoor environment function thereby bringing them close to nature.

It will also empower students to improve the quality of their lives and lives of others, encourage networking abilities amongst students and their peers and helping students appreciate other cultural environments and the need for recreational activities and benefits of leisure.

The executive secretary said that experimental learning had shown increased retention, motivation for students in order to encourage group cooperation. He added that there was an increasing impetus to move students beyond awareness to environmental responsible behaviour.

"We feel that the road to an environmentally responsible behaviour is a continuum that begins with environmental awareness, knowledge and ends with students becoming actively dedicated to improving and maintaining environmental quality.

Studies have shown that classroom education programmes that stress only awareness, knowledge and skills do not help students change attitudes and behaviour that have an adverse impact on the environment," he stated.

He pointed out, that the tour will feature among other things talks, lectures, camping, sporting focus group discussion (FGD).

Adogame appealed to all youths in secondary schools from Lagos, Ogun and Oyo who wish to participate in the programme to get in touch with NES at NUJ Light House, 3/5, Adeyemo Alakija, Victoria Island, Lagos for further information.

Source: Africa News
Date: August 7 2002