By: Everina Daniel, Climate Compliane Conference, 1 moth program
What have I learnt? Even before arriving at the school my learning process had began. I had heard about genetically modified organisms but had no idea what they were and how they were formed. By the first week of being at the Richmond Vale Academy my questions where answered and I learned even more, about the effects and also about climate change.
We went to a Garifuna workshop where we leant about trees and plants like the Moringa tree, other plants around us, I also learnt about the different drums and beats in Belize and St Vincent. I was introduced to biochar (what is it used for, how to make it and how I can make my own in the future), we also learnt about permaculture and seeds of permaculture and got a better understanding about what it’s about and how I can use it to make changes to our working area at home and at school. We learnt about leadership what makes up a good leader and how I can better manage groups that am involved in and how to start my own. I also had the opportunity to work on the model garden at Rose Bank where we made the path bigger using tires this is to show people that the simplest things can be recycled and tires were also used to prevent soil erosion. Working in the garden made me feel like I can make my own at home and encourage my family members to use the things we have around us to make fertilizer and how to plant different foods together without them dying.
Being here at the Richmond vale Academy has really changed me and the way I used to look at things in the environment, though this program I not only learnt about gardening and GMO and all that we have done through out the month, but I also leant about the southern part of St Vincent and got to meet new people at our meetings in Coulls Hill, Rose Bank, Troumauca and Petit Bordel. As am about to go back home I am very grateful for the things that I have learnt here and I am looking forward to sharing everything that I have learnt with my family, friends and community members so that they can better understand and can join in saying NO to GMO products and Seeds.
I will like to say special thanks to my strongest and most motivating teacher Miss Leti Fernandez & Selly for being here for us thoughout the month and I will miss you. Also to the entire staff & students at the Richmond vale Academy.
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