The Objects of The Word Forest Organisation
- To advance the education of the public in the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment, environmental issues, sustainable living practices, the importance of planting trees, reforestation and biological diversity, by hosting community film screenings, putting on informative talks and other public events.
- To advance the education and improve the facilities for pupils and teachers of schools and communities that meet our Selection Criteria (see Appendix I), via the provision of educational buildings, facilities and resources, in such ways as our board of trustees think fit, repeating some, or all, of the points on our Successful Community Footprint Checklist (see Appendix II).
- Funding the training of Community Educators and providing them with necessary materials and resources, and giving them appropriate remuneration so they can raise awareness in their local communities about: conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment, environmental issues, sustainable living practices, the importance of planting trees, reforestation and biological diversity, which in turn could provide relief of poverty and the improvement of the conditions of life in socially and economically disadvantaged communities.
- To provide the necessary facilities, resources and materials required to set up new tree nurseries and start planting new forests, henceforth referred to as ‘Word Forests’.
- To fund the planting of new trees in our existing Word Forest in Bore, Kenya, and any other future Word Forest locations, as determined by our board of trustees.
- To facilitate the education of communities who are responsible for planting Word Forests, on vital forestry management, how to achieve sustainable development*, economic growth and regeneration, by caring for their trees and replanting them if they are harvested.
*Sustainable development means “development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Appendix I: Selection Criteria
We will select schools and their neighbouring communities to support, based upon them meeting at least three of the following four criteria:
- They should be located in what is widely considered to be an impoverished area.
- They should ideally be located in areas that have suffered from deforestation, but not exclusively.
- The school should have either no classrooms at all, structurally unsafe classrooms that are a danger to be in, or insufficient classrooms for the number of pupils on their register.
- They should have expressed and displayed a clear desire to further the education of their students on any of the following: conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment, sustainable living practices, the importance of planting trees, reforestation and promoting biological diversity.
Appendix II: The Successful Community Footprint Checklist
- To provide, or repair educational buildings to a safe and acceptable standard.
- To provide necessary learning resources and materials to educate the children or community (text books, exercise books, pens, chalk, tables, chairs, sports equipment etc).
- To provide where necessary and appropriate, computers, projectors, ancillary IT equipment, renewable energy equipment, generators, and provide or facilitate necessary teacher training to further education in the community.