Small But Steady Steps for a Greener and Cleaner Tomorrow
The aridity of Beade village is so apparent that it seems difficult for any greenery to flourish. But the Beade Primary School has been defying this apparent impression albeit slowly by steadily. Since 2014 the Ministry of Health (MoH) and World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office for Timor-Leste have been collaborating with the school helping them understand the threat of climate change and what action(s) can prevent climate change — arguably the biggest crisis the world is facing presently. Malequias de Carvalho, 34, is teacher is at Beade Primary School and has been a part of the Climate Change programme implementation programme since it began in 2014. “We, the teachers and students over the years have understood fully well that waste and waste disposal has huge environmental impact and can cause serious health problems,” says Carvalho walking to the waste disposal pit that the teachers and students have together built. “The collaboration with the MoH and WHO has been very helpful for teachers as well as students. It has been essential to understand the environment we live and how our actions matter and why we need to take responsibility,” says Carvalho. The teacher and students at Beade Primary School are particularly keen about planting trees too. It was one of the activities they undertook with the MoH and WHO’s support. “Some of the trees we have planted over the years provide the much needed shade to us. We actually plant a lot but the weather and stray animal sometimes destroy many. So, it’s one of the challenges. But we plan to keep up our tree plantation drive,” says Carvalho.