As part of Yarang Llamisi (YLF)objectives of ‘help transform the community’, we decided to give back to Zambuk community of Deba Local Government Area of Gombe State Nigeria, by donating one hundred tree protectors to Zambuk Progressive Association (ZAPA youth wing), in celebration of World Environment Day on 5th June 2020. This special day dedicated to our planet was set up in 1972 by the United Nations to raise awareness of the environment and environmental issues we are currently experiencing all over the world. These environmental issues range from global warming to protection of wildlife, erosion to sustainable food production, water and land pollution to habitat destruction, and so on.
Many children are unable to attend schools due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. There are currently about 1.53 billion students out of school and 184 country-wide school closures. The pandemic has seriously affected all aspects of education. This interruption in education can have serious long-term effects, especially on vulnerable children. There is a huge risk of regression for children who may already be struggling with some subjects at school.
This is why starting from August 2020; Yarang Llamisi Foundation (YLF) will be offering both boys and girls in Zambuk and surrounding areas an opportunity to continue to learn and prepare for their final upcoming examinations. Although our main objective at YLF is to empower girls and women in the North Eastern Region of Nigeria by equipping them with free secondary school education, vocational and entrepreneurial training, we saw the need to offer free tutorials for both boys and girls considering the fact that there is only one mixed secondary school in the community.
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, access to formal education is even more important for the children as various life issues are being experienced, like health problems, loss of social interactions, and loss of livelihoods, which leaves children even more vulnerable and unprotected. Being able to provide the tutorials is a priority for YLF as we believe it will help the students carry on learning and prepare them for upcoming examinations. The tutorials are open to around 100 students starting from August 2020 and they are ongoing. The subjects taught will be – Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Government, Commerce, English Language, English Literature, Economics, and Geography. These subjects will be taught by qualified and experienced teachers and social distancing will be adhered to. The students and tutors will have on face masks, there will be hand sanitizers, hand wash, and water available to ensure government guidelines are followed and to keep the students and tutors safe.
This year World Environment Day was hosted by Colombia and as always it was a day for environmental action.The one hundred tree protectors donation was part of the Tree Planting Campaign in Zambuk on World Environment Day, which tied in with the overall theme of World Environment Day – Biodiversity, which is a shortened form for biological and diversity.
The theme is all about the different types of life found here on Earth – animals, fungi, plants, and micro-organisms, as well as the communities and habitats they form and live in. The theme’s focus was on the role in providing the essential infrastructure that supports life on planet Earth and human development Our donation of one hundred tree protectors to ZAPA youth wing will protect the newly planted trees from animals. The protectors will also help in accelerating the growth of the trees, for the benefit of the entire community. We enjoyed taking part in this Tree Planting Campaign in the Zambuk community for World Environment Day. Transforming the community is one of our key objectives at YLF and we are looking forward to working on more projects like this in the community.