A tree will be planted in Glyn-Gaer Primary School today to launch a twinning programme between schools in Wales and Uganda. This tree will link the Caerphilly school with a school in Uganda, where a second tree will be planted.
The event will be attended by Apollo Mwenyi, the project manager of 10 Million Trees Project who will be planting the Ugandan tree.
Leader of the school’s eco-committee, teacher Huw Phillips said “We’re thrilled to be twinning with Mpogo Primary School in Uganda through Size of Wales. We’re looking forward to building a relationship with Uganda, and planting this tree will be a great way for the kids to connect, as well as bringing their attention to the importance of climate change.”
The schools are being linked through Size of Wales, an environmental charity which is protecting and sustaining an area of tropical forest the size of our nation. The project’s education programme visits schools around the country, giving free assemblies and workshops on the importance of tropical forests and climate change.
Nigel Little, Education Outreach Officer for the organisation said “This is an exciting day for us as Glyn-Gaer becomes the first school of many to be twinned with schools in Uganda. The more schools that join in, the more trees we can plant and the more rainforest we can support!”
“We hope that pupils will watch this tree grow and start a conversation with pupils in Uganda about how their tree is growing. This in time will give both sets of pupils a greater appreciation of each other’s lives” he continued.
The eco-friendly school will be planting a Bardsey Island apple tree within the school grounds, while another fruit tree will be planted in Mpogo Primary School in the next few weeks.