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WHO WE ARE

KEEN was founded in 2010 as an environmental education professionals’ network and discussion forum. The organization has since grown beyond talks and discussions to be the epitome of environmental education and action – disseminating information, inspiring action, mobilizing citizens and delivering Kenyan leadership to steer the nation towards realization of green economic growth.

01. Slogan

Creating an Environmentally Conscious Society

02. Our Mission

To Advance Environmental Learning and Inspire Lifelong Stewardship of the Environment

03. Our Vision

To Be the Coherent Body of Information about Environmental Issues and Epitome of Environmental Action

04. Identity Statement

Nurturing Green Leaders and Building Green Economy through Environmental Education

04. Principal Objectives

  1. Promote environmental awareness in both formal and non-formal sectors and all sections of the society
  2. Design and develop locally tailored environmental education content, tools, strategies and methods
  3. Capacity building and training of teachers and environmental education practitioners
  4. Promote environmental education through existing educational/scientific/research institutions
  5. Evaluate impacts of environmental education programmes and activities
  6. Use effective means to create awareness and educate the general public about environment and stimulatecritical thinking, discussion and informed environmental decision making
  7. Promote exchange of ideas and information pertaining to environmental education
  8. Provide technical assistance to schools and organizations for development of environmental education andrelated programmes
  9. Encourage educators and students to transfer lessons learned into action
  10. Promote understanding of environmental systems and challenges and mobilize people to participate inconservation and preservation of the environment
  11. Play an advocacy role in support of environmental education, environmental management andconservation.

FOUNDER’S STATEMENT

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Kenya is faced with a myriad of environmental challenges that range from pollution, global warming, climate change, deforestation, desertification, land degradation, poaching, loss of biodiversity, poor sanitation e.t.c to mention but a few. These challenges are largely anthropogenic. They arise as a result of unrestrained human activities on the environment and threaten our very own existence.

Addressing these challenges and preventing new ones from occurring requires an approach that aims at changing how humans interact with the natural environment. This approach must encompass change of attitude and behaviour towards the environment, knowledge and deep understanding of the environment, its associated problems and mitigation measures and must move beyond awareness and appreciation to stewardship and practical action.

Humans must adopt a new set of sustainable lifestyle and values to make the earth a sustainable and habitable place.This radical shift requires active dissemination of environmental information and mobilization of citizens to play an active role in environmental problem solving through a robust environmental education program that inspires action.

The goal of environmental education as envisaged in Belgrade Charter, 1976, is to develop a world population that is aware of, and concerned about, the environment and its associated problems, and which has the knowledge, skills, attitudes, motivations, and commitment to work individually and collectively toward solutions of current problems and prevention of new ones.

Even though various recommendations have been put forward to implement and strengthen environmental education across the globe, environmental education in Kenya is still at a nascent stage and growing at a slow pace. This can be attributed to shortage of trained and experienced personnel and professionals in the field, inadequate resources, inadequate collaboration among stakeholders and to some extent the overloaded and examination oriented curriculum in learning institutions among other challenges. It is for this reason that Kenya Environmental Education Network has been established.

Kenya Environmental Education Network aims to work strategically and collaboratively towards advancement of action-oriented environmental learning in Kenya in order to enhance environmental literacy and ensure that Kenyans are actively engaged in environmental stewardship and contributing to a healthy and sustainable future.

At Kenya Environmental Education Network, we believe that for active and meaningful environmental learning and action, both in school and over a lifetime, critical and creative thinking, decision making, communication, as well as collaborative, participatory and experiential learning are essential and must be emphasized.

Kenya Environmental Education Network supports and advocates for radical shift from environmental awareness and appreciation to stewardship and action; to promote practical environmental management and conservation in Kenya.

Jonathan Odongo