SECAM’s Environmental toolkit in the offing

The Justice, Peace and Development Commission (JPDC) of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) is in the process of developing a new environmental educational toolkit (EET) to promote greater care for the environment in Africa.

The Working Group met at the SECAM Secretariat in Accra, from 5th – 8th May 2019 to discuss ways of advancing the project and to finalise the terms of reference for the consultant who would develop the toolkit.

The need for the EET is to help address the growing concerns of widespread environmental degradation including deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and all kinds of pollution that jeopardize the sustainability of our environment.

The main goal of the toolkit, according to Mr. Simson Mwale, Programme Officer at the JPDC, is to promote ecological conversion in the way we perceive nature and act in our environment.

The Programme Officer observed that the toolkit, which targets young people, would integrate African belief system and spirituality in the care of the environment, and harness the processes of ecological conversion among Africans in the light of Laudato Si.

Mr. Mwale added that the EET is envisioned to promote interfaith dialogue for the care of our common home and develop skills for environmental management among the youth.

The toolkit is expected to be developed by the end of 2019.

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