Under the Same Sky, started in February 2010 in the Kibera slums, is a project that addresses local environment and climate change problems. Comprised of two parts, the Schools in Kibera and the Schools Exchange Programme, UTSS targets different groups focusing on environment, poverty, and education issues. The Schools in Kibera program developed a model for local development whereby four primary and secondary schools were transformed into environmental learning centers for sustainable development. These “Learning Centers for Sustainable Development” successfully educate students and their families on important environmental issues like clean water, sound sanitation, waste management, and flooding. Furthermore, the school plays a facilitating role in the mobilization of the community for advocacy and development. The “School to School” Exchange Programme, on the other hand, connects the four project schools from Kibera with 10 schools in Denmark over a period of four years. A website is the platform for student to student communication involving exercises on environmental issues where the situation in Kenya and Denmark differ greatly, but also dialogue on issues where children in North and South can share values, dreams, and hopes for the future. Such contacts will enhance the Danish students awareness of ‘sharing the same sky’ with their friends in Kenya as well as it sets their consumption, and its consequences for the climate, in perspective.

For more information on the past project, visit http://klay-klay.com/underthesamesky-kenya.org/

Umande Trust

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