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Climate action for schools and youths

ERMIS Africa through the Kenya Climate Challenge Programme (KCCP) for schools recognizes the importance of children’s participation in Disaster Risk Reduction. Children have been identified as active agents in articulating their ideas and thoughts concerning Disaster Risk Reduction. The programme focuses on enabling children to gain knowledge on climate change and engage in activities towards disaster risk reduction. According to the recent statistics from the population census 2009, more than 50% of the total population is comprised of children (Population census 2009).

In times of disaster, children are the most affected in and are more likely to suffer the brunt of the disasters than adults.
Globally, it is indicated that "Disasters" threaten the lives, the rights and the needs of millions of children around the world. In the coming years, children’s vulnerability to disasters is expected to increase as the frequency and intensity of natural hazards rises. ERMIS Africa with financial support from Save the Children works closely with the Ministry of Education in reaching out to schools and the community around the schools in enabling the children’s participation in endeavors to mitigate the impact of the disasters within their Localities.
From the various interviews conducted with children within the schools together with their teachers and parents, it is evident that children are able to grasp the concepts and issues of disasters in relation to climate change and can be active agents of change within their communities. Climate change has resulted to variation in rainfall patterns leading to prolonged dry spells and high intensity rainfall that result in floods. This results may result to famine and disaster risks such as drowning, starvation, family and community conflicts which lead to children dropping out of school and other violations of the rights of the child.

The children whose views have been included in this Atlas are involved in KCCP for schools implemented by ERMIS Africa.

81 schools and youth co-operatives in Kenya are being equipped and trained to manufacture fuel briquettes from waste material such as sawdust, cardboard, nuts, etc. These briquettes reduce deforestation by providing a sustainable and cheaper alternative to tree-based charcoal... read more about this project
In 2010 InterClimate Network (ICN), in partnership with ERMIS Africa, launched a 4 year innovative project, Climate Action Teams, which aims to tackle two of the world’s most pressing challenges: youth unemployment and helping communities to limit and adapt to climate change....
The International Climate Challenge (ICC) was the first programme devised and developed by InterClimate Network (ICN). It has been a 3 year programme (2008 -2011) implemented in the UK, India and Kenya.