A successful tree-planting activity at HIWYET Elementary School
On 9 November 2018, the Delegation of the European Union to Eritrea, in partnership with the Eritrean Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Land, Water and Environment, Administration of Zoba Maekel, and the European Union Member States Embassies accredited to Eritrea, planted 100 seedlings at HIWYET Elementary School (about 3km outside Asmara). The seedlings included wild olive (Olea europea subsp. africana), Jacaranda, Spathodea and Grevillea.
This climate diplomacy action is part of the European Union (EU)'s on-going commitment towards climate change mitigation and adaptation, also supported through various European Development Fund and thematic development programmes. By funding activities in renewable energy, soil and water management (tree nurseries, building terraces and planting them with trees) or building fuel-saving stoves, the EU has supported the people and government of Eritrea in addressing the challenges that climate change brings.
The Director of HIWYET Elementary School informed that an active group of 85 young students, members of the school's 'Green Club', together with their fellow students, have looked after their school environment with dedication and commitment. So far they have planted 1,600 seedlings, almost all of which survived. Their engagement is part of the on-going Eritrean Greening Campaign, launched in May 2006.
The students' lively participation in the event affirms an achievement in winning over their (and society's) minds for the climate change cause. They realise that caring for their environment is essential in dealing with climate change and its effects. Along with other Eritrean citizens who invest in such initiatives, they are aware that they can actively increase their resilience towards the effects of climate change, thus minimising the impact of such change on their daily lives.
HIWYET Elementary School in Zoba Maekel
Southwestern administrative area - Zoba Maekel