School forestation campaign begins
In a speech, Yahia Mohammed Abdullah Saleh, head of the forum, said, "The change we all seek must start from schools, particularly elementary schools, in order to build a new generation equipped with education, patriotism and love for people. Education is what we need in Yemen, not weapons, because we are a peaceful people. Education is the only thing we can use to build a new Yemen."
Bilqees Al-Kawkabani, a member of the Forum and a specialist in agriculture, said, "Our aim is to protect the environment. The campaign’s aim is not only to make a beautiful environment, but rather to make individuals depend on themselves to keep the environment clean and to spread awareness about different kinds of trees and what type of climate they require."
"To begin, we started with ornamental trees. We focus on trees between 1 to 3 meters tall that can tolerate drought and live at least two to four years," she said.
Haleema Al-Domaini, the principal of Al-Sabeen Martyrs’ School’s, said, "Planting small trees around the school fence is one of the main activities in the school. We have daily activities with the Friends of the Environment group to encourage students to plant trees everywhere. Schools play an essential role in hosting positive activities like these, and I hope this campaign reaches every school in Sana’a."
The campaign targeted 14 elementary and high schools in different areas of Sana’a, in coordination with the Education Office in Sana’a.
The campaign is the Progress and Advancement Forum’s fourth. In 2010, they launched a similar campaign to plant trees at the entrances to Sana’a.