Schools Conservation Clubs

A one-day workshop on setting up a School Conservation Club (SCC) was organized jointly by NCF and the Forest Project and held at IITA, Ibadan, on 15 May. The training program aimed to show participants how to set up a conservation club, and provide a basis for extending this training to others. Attendees included representatives from local government, state primary and secondary schools, and private schools from the target area of Ibadan, Ilesa and Osogbo, together with an independent conservation group known as Green Minds.

The workshop was led by Solomon Adefolu (NCF), hosted by Deni Bown and Emmanuel Olabode (Forest Project). It was attended by: Isaac Obembe, Ilesha Local Government: Ashley Fraser and Joy Christopher, Ibadan International School; Timothy Adeniji, St. Anthony's Catholic High School, Ilesa; Clement Oderinde, C.A.C Primary School, Akinyele; Akinbiyi Akintoye, Olive Branches School, Osogbo; Cecilia Odelana, Ebenezer Nursery Primary School, Molete, Ibadan; Omolara Tijani, St. Andrew's Anglican Primary School, Agodi, Ibadan; Oluwole Aremu, Bodija International School, Ibadan; Rufus Oyapidan, Holy Vessels International College, Ilesa; Olulere Omiwade and Oladipupo Akasi, Ansar-Ud-Deen Secondary School, Liberty, Ibadan; and Timothy Kuranga, Oluwaseyi Okebiorun, Ademola Ajayi, Raliat Mohammed, Oluyemi Ojo, and Segun Sobamowo from Green Minds. At the close of the workshop, all trainees were presented with a CD of the training materials and a certificate of attendance.
The first school to set up a School Conservation Club following the workshop was St Anthony's Catholic High School (SACHS), Ilesa, Osun State. The SACHS Conservation Club held its first meeting on 6 June and began by producing pot cleaner from egg shells as part of a waste recycling study which is being tested by parents at home.

Next were Ansar-Ud-Deen Junior, Senior, and High Schools, Liberty Stadium, Oke Ado, Ibadan. They launched their Greeners Club on 17 July at an event attended by over 500 children, presided over by school principals Alh Garuba J. Kolapo, Mrs Adeniyi Sadiat Adesola and Alh Ajao J. Gbolagade, vice-principals Mr Biodun Ogunkande, Mr Hamzat Folorunso and Mrs Olakanmi Adebimpe, and SCC organizing teachers Mr Abasi Oluwole and Mr Omiwade Olalere. Forest Project staff Deni Bown and Emmanuel Olabode were among those who gave speeches and answered questions about conservation issues.

Schools Conservation Club workshop


African whitewood (Triplochiton scleroxylon)

The African whitewood (Triplochiton scleroxylon), known as arere in Yoruba and obeche in Bini, is a large fast-growing tree, reaching 65 m (213 ft), usually with a straight trunk and buttresses up to about 8 m (26 ft) high. It belongs to the family Sterculiaceae and is common in semi-deciduous rainforests from Sierra Leone to Gabon and Congo, including secondary forests where it may fill gaps as a pioneer species.

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