Size of Wales hosted its first Rainforest Celebration Day, bringing together schools from South Wales that have been twinned with schools in Mbale, Uganda. Thanks to funding from Hub Cymru Africa and Welsh Government, over 50 pupils and teachers joined us at the Temple of Peace to exchange experiences and ideas of being a twinned schools, and to learn more about the importance of rainforests in our fight to tackle the impacts of climate change.
With support from PONT, Size of Wales has successfully twinned over 30 schools in Wales to develop a close relationship with schools in Mbale, in the eastern region of Uganda. This region hosts the Welsh Government’s ‘ten-million tree planting’ project, managed by Size of Wales with partners in Mbale. To date, over 7 million trees have been planted across the region which also incorporates Wales’ unique ‘Plant!’ scheme, now in its 10thyear, where a tree is planted for every child born or adopted in Wales, along with one in Uganda since 2014.
The schools had a chance to participate in interactive workshops which featured insight into the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Wales’ well-being goals, learning about the causes and consequences of climate change in Wales and globally, and finally discovering more about the lives of pupils in schools in Mbale and their experiences of living with the impacts of climate change.
A fantastic day, the children really enjoyed it. I would recommend a yearly event!
Teacher from Cwmcarn Primary School
We have been delighted with the feedback from teachers and pupils alike and look forward to continuing to building stronger partnerships between Wales and Mbale.
Rita Singh, Director