Exposure kids to conservation education, Diri’s Aide urges
BY AMOS OKIOMA, YENAGOA
The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Bayelsa State Governor on Tourism, Mr Piriye Kiyaramo has emphasized the need to inculcate conservation education in kids, adding that such early exposure to nature and culture provides them with a solid foundation on which they can build on as they grow into adulthood.
Kiyaramo stated this when he received Queen Emmanuella Appah, winner of “Little Miss Star Nigeria 2022” pageant in his office in Yenagoa. He maintained that conservation education for children is a valuable life resource, noting that children learn their most valuable life lessons when they are young.
He stressed that ecotourism experiences for children remain a fun and wonderful way to get the entire family involved, adding that if one is looking for a shorter family-oriented eco-tourism activity to allow kids to gain nature experience, there are yet many possibilities parents and teachers can explore within their very environment.
“This is why it is so important that parents and teachers provide opportunities for kids to truly explore and experience the beauty of nature through meaningful and engaging outdoor educational activities in the form of school excursion trips to historic sites, such as museums, galleries, libraries, theatres and even cultural events”.
According to Kiyaramo, one way to instil respect, love for nature and sustainability in children is to make conscious efforts to introduce them to nature education, pointing out that children are never too young to experience nature and allowing kids to spend quality time with nature create in them the ability to appreciate their immediate surrounding.
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“Children have a unique ability to develop empathy for varying cultures and practices different from their own. So introducing them early into nature education creates an ideal opportunity to teach the children about nature and introduce them to other cultures”.
“Children are usually quite fascinated by these learning experiences, including the memories made, which could last in them for a lifetime”.
Earlier, the organiser of “Little Miss Star Nigeria Pageant, Miss Jesinta Okwara, had explained that her organisation empowers women to realize their ambition and build self-confidence, acting as a catalyst for their future success.
She said the Little Queen Emmanuella Appah is embarking on a pet project known as “Back to School, to enable her reach out to local school-age children to provide shoes, clothing, school accessories and backpacks to eligible children, as according to her, the programme will bring assistance to families.
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