Recycling activities enriching imagination
This school is located on Palawan Island, Southwestern part of the Philippines. It is along the highway, but the beautiful sea is nearby. Around the school which joined CFP in 1997, there are growing trees planted by school children. Some years ago, they experienced floods due to heavy rains, but the grown trees mitigated the disaster damage.
In 2016, they planted Mahogany trees, suited to the soil of the area and familiar to school children. They learned how to love and take care of the trees they planted. Also, they have tackled making handcrafts utilizing trash to learn recycling. The school teachers said: “Recycling is good for the students. It really changes their insight and attitude. We could see their perseverance and interest in one activity.”
Just joined CFP !
This school is located in Compostela Valley Province located in the southeastern part of Mindanao Island, Southern Philippines. The school decided to start CFP activities in 2016 in the hope that the students would be able to have a better place of studying and playing, and also trees would give them clean air to breathe.
Ms. Lyka Lanugan, 9-years old pupil, said with smiles that they were thankful for the activities especially tree planting because it could protect them from natural calamities such as
floods and landslides. A school teacher said: “We have just joined CFP, but school children can have time to think about the community and global environment. We feel that the whole school has
been revitalized in being united for the sole purpose of protecting forests. It seems that the children spend more time in nature. I, myself, have realized the beauty and blessings of nature. We
are very grateful to those who are supporting our activities.”
Japanese University Students Undergo Practical Training in Agriculture at OISCA Projects Sites Abroad
This autumn, two groups of Japanese university students interested in international cooperation carried out field training in agriculture in the Philippines and Fiji. From September 15 to 22, 5 students from the Faculty of International Agriculture and Food Studies, Tokyo University of Agriculture, went to the Philippines for practical training at OISCA Abra Agro-Forestry Training Center located in Northern Luzon. They experienced grafting of tropical fruit trees, taking care of farm animals such as hogs, cows, goats and chicken, fertilizer application in rice paddies and vegetable seeding. They also had exchange activities with children at the local schools participating in the OISCA Children’s Forest Program (CFP).
During the same period, 18 students led by Professor Shunshi Matsuzono from the Faculty of Regional Development Studies, Toyo University, experienced planting of mangrove trees and agriculture in Fiji. Professor Matsumoto has been continually organizing field training for students in Fiji for more than 10 years.
This sort of practical field experiences serve the Japanese youth in promoting their international understanding and also contribute to the development of human resources playing an active role in various fields. Meanwhile, the local staff and residents on their part get a great stimulation through associating with the visiting young Japanese students.
Children from all over the Philippines participated in the National Workshop 2015
The National Workshop 2015 of the Children’s Forest Program (CFP) was held in Nueva Vizcaya Province on February 15-17, 2015. A total of 105 people including children participating in the CFP, school teachers and coordinators from all over the country, came over to take part in the workshop. Under the main theme: “Being a Catalyst of Change in the Community: 21st Century Skills and Youth”, lectures by coordinators and specialists and also other programs such as nature observation, environment poster-making, nature games were conducted.
In the nature observation, profiling plants, experiencing seedlings making and nature games carried out in groups, the children mutually cooperated and learnt from each other. They enjoyed fully
utilizing their body and sense and realized the importance of protecting and nurturing the surrounding nature.
In addition to programs utilizing the ancient scrip and traditional musical instruments of the Philippines, the traditional cultures such as dances and songs from the respective regions were also presented by the children. There are different regional languages and cultures in the Philippines. One of the objectives of the workshop was to take pride in their own regional cultures and also to learn the importance of accepting and respecting the diverse cultures.
In the Philippines where natural disasters are increasing year after year and the environmental problems are developing more serious, they are making efforts to promote environmental education
and develop leadership in youth. It is expected that the participants who have learnt biological diversity and cultural diversity will be strong leaders and promote various activities in the
The “Green Wave Asakura 2014-Students Environment Forum” was held on May 25, 2014 at the P-port Amagi in Asakura City, Fukuoka Prefecture. Four school children from India and the Philippines, who are participating in the Children’s Forest Program (CFP), visited Japan as “Children’s Goodwill Ambassadors” and made reports on their activities at the conference. The Indian Goodwill Ambassadors stated that with the increase in population, there have been growing environmental problems and natural disasters, and appealed for the importance of forests in solving the problems. Also, they reported on tree planting and trash collection carried on at school for protecting forests and environmental workshops. Moreover, they presented pictures showing how the wastelands turned into green spaces, and the audience was quite impressed by the positive results.
From the local side, 7 junior and senior high schools took part in the forum and made presentations on various activities for the environmental protection and efforts for regional revitalization. The Japanese, Filipino and Indian children were earnestly listening to the reports made by their colleagues. Although they are from different cultural backgrounds, they seemed to share a common sentiment for protecting the same “FURUSATO”. The forum turned out to be a valuable opportunity to foster common awareness for taking an appropriate action on the protection of the “FURUSATO” and the earth.