IRYD (Canada) and TiME (Israel) with generous support from the Harmony Foundation of Canada announce biodiversity education collaboration
Ottawa-Gatineau, ON-QC/Victoria, BC: The International Rwanda Youth for Development (“IRYD”) Canada and This Is My Earth (hereafter, “TiME”) with generous support from the Harmony Foundation of Canada (hereafter, “Harmony”) are pleased to announce their inaugural collaboration for schools and communities a pilot named the Israel-Rwanda School Biodiversity Program. Our goal for the program is to create cooperative student learning and action between junior-high school students in Rwanda and Israel for conservation of biodiversity.
The three collaborators have selected Rogozin school in Kiryat Ata, Israel, and Shelter Them – Batarure (“Shelter Them”) and Groupe Scolaire Rugando (“GS Rugando”) in Rwanda as their pilot phase implementation partners, through an existing memorandum of understanding with Rwanda’s Ministry of Education. Key objectives of the project are aligned with the Government of Rwanda’s National Biodiversity and Action Plan 2016, which seeks to increase early awareness among young generations about biodiversity through school programs. This project will enable students in both countries to learn together about the vital importance of and practical actions for conserving biodiversity, experience group decision-making while identifying habitat for protection, enhance language and communication skills, learn new cultures and skills for cross-cultural cooperation, develop new skills in agriculture and other fields to protect biodiversity.
This collaboration will yield positive results for communities through youth knowledgeable about and committed to environmentally responsible development. TiME, IRYD and Harmony are proud to be in association with organizations, schools and communities committed to positive change and action for our planet.