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Empowering Youth, Shaping the Future

Globally, environmental hazards are increasingly occurring, they endanger human health and possessions. These can be reduced through informed people in adopting strategies towards mitigating them before, especially through activities promoting sustainable use of resources and increasing awareness among the population.
Therefore, Nature Rwanda empowers environmental clubs for initiating and engaging youth as future leaders in biodiversity conservation through information, knowledge, and experience sharing, finding solutions to current challenges, and developing future environment-friendly decisions for environment protection and advocacy. It is in this context, Nature Rwanda empowered E.S Rwahi, the school located in Rulindo District and distributed PACE books.
Rulindo District is one of five districts of Northern Province. The district is characterized by being hilly with an elevation of up to 2,438 m. The Shyorongi sector where E.S Rwahi found is also hilly and contiguous to the Nyabarongo river. Due to the geographic characteristics, and population, this area is exposed to soil erosion affecting the area and surrounding habitats including Nyabarongo River. For that reason a topic focusing on sustainable use of soil and soil erosion control was chosen “Soil, the mother of food” was chosen.
An interactive presentation was used with 3 main parts: introduction to the topic by the presenter, group discussion on local erosion effects and the contribution of youth in tackling the challenges, thirdly presentation of results from group discussion and way forward.
During the presentation, club members showed great interest and participation. “The soil erosion impoverishes the soil and contributes to famine, also destroy infrastructures”, said Kwivuganibigwi Yves. For controlling soil erosion, “Planting agroforestry trees, terracing, using advanced farming system can reduce impacts of soil erosion” Ishimwe Sandrine said.  After the presentation, students were grouped into small groups and discuss soil erosion issues around and how youth can help in solving these effects
Finally, education materials provided by Pan African Conservation Education (PACE) entitled “Africa Our Home” were disseminated to the school for environment club members’ documentation on environmental issues. Students showed great interest in reading these books and learning and wished continuous training. “We are happy for being trained and receive these books, we wish that next time you come to train us,” said Kirezi Smart.
The Executive Director of nature Rwanda encouraged participants to read these books as source of information to help them to be good environment friendly decision-makers, “These books are given to environmental club not to personal, for they will serve as source of information of the club, and in turn ensure positive attitude towards environment conservation and environmental club empowerment. And promised them the continuity if they will., “There will be a continuous collaboration between the Nature Rwanda and club members in order to make sure that decisions taken is put in action, and this will depend upon you” He added.