Richmond Vale Academy had the great opportunity to share 2 weeks with a group of teenagers from different villages of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Creative and spontaneous boys and girls took part in an intensive program where they had lessons about sustainable farming, climate change, the importance of mangroves for the protection of wetland, how to build a backyard garden, biodiversity, ecotourism, protection of whales and more.
Tykel Pierre about his experience in the summer Camp:
"My time spent at the Richmond Vale Academy has made me look at life a lot differently. It helped me understand the value of life, ways to prolong lives and how to make the earth better and safer. The summer camp educated me on ways to attempt the prevention of the negative effects brought about by climate change, and it also helped me improve my communication skills along with leading me to realize the creative side within me."
Together they learned different skills through actions that allowed them to get closer to the effects of global warming. For example, during a clean up action on the beach, they had the opportunity to see the large amount of garbage that arrives at the shore of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and therefore, to create a panorama of what happens not only in a small fraction of this country but in the entire world.
They experienced an insight into a permaculture building of a backyard garden through the making of a lasagna bed, where they created different layers of organic matter to nourish the soil and plants. The first layer was the soil, then the manure was distributed, a cardboard layer was placed on top, then green matter or green leaves and finally a layer of dried leaves. This prevents the soil from losing moisture in the dry season and creates a good ecosystem to grow healthy and organic food.
Theory and practice always went hand in hand; this is how they managed to complete a beautiful process and thanks to the UK friends of Mustique Charitable Trust which made it possible.
Through walks, visits to different parts of the island, cultural exchange, clean up actions, drumming, music, dance, movies, documentaries, presentations, teamwork and good energy it all came together as one big learning process.
By creating synergies we can provide an opportunity for the new generation to generate important changes for their communities and to replicate information that brings them hope for new perspectives and a world in which it is possible to live in a self-sustainable, dignified and ecological way.