By Ismail Bategeka

MASINDI: Shines children foundation primary school together with Masindi district local government through the forestry department have launched tree planting campaigns in all primary schools in Masindi district.

The campaign which will see over 40,000 tree species of different types planted in both government and private primary schools was launched on Monday by the assistant district forestry officer Anthony Baleke Akoko at Shines Children Foundation in Mirya Sub County.

The campaign aims at making sure that the environment and the ecosystem is protected and restored as a way of curbing the increased environmental degradation in the district.

Akoko noted that they want children to get and understand the importance of greening the environment at an early age so that they take the massage to their homes and also influence their parents and this will save the wetlands and the forests which are being degraded.

He asserted they will also plant fruit trees to supplement the children’s diet.

‘’The process will be continuous where schools will be given tree seedlings based on the size of land they have and capacity to care for them so that they can grow,’’ said Akoko.

Denis Kirya the Director Shines Children’s Foundation said that they are partnering with the district local government to  raise environmental conservation concerns to save the environment from collapsing through loss of a number of tree species and ecosystems due to pollution and activities.

‘’The program will focus on practically planting trees and creating awareness to schools and eco system recovery to schools among the children,’’ he said.

Kirya added that teachers and head teachers will be oriented and trained on what to do to keep the environment in their schools green and they will pass on the same massage to their pupils

Wilfred Kutegeka the LC3 chairperson Kigulya division said the division has put emphasis on preserving and protecting the environment by allocating some budget every financial year to tree planting and appealed to locals to emulate the same

Masindi district secretary for production Geoffrey Bigabwa Kiiza urged the teachers in all schools in the district to always explain the importance of trees and the environment so that children spearhead the environment conservation campaign since the future of this country lies in their hands.

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