First Lady Rachel Ruto, on Thursday, September 7th, inaugurated the First Lady Mazingira Award program, focusing on schools in all 47 counties of Kenya.
The initiative, launched at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), promotes environmental conservation by acknowledging students engaged in various eco-friendly projects.
Both public and private school students will be eligible for recognition under this new award.
The first lady, accompanied by Pastor Dorcas Rigathi, emphasized the program’s significance, aligning it with the government’s efforts to combat climate change.
Rachel underscored the importance of actions taken today, emphasizing their impact on future generations, especially young learners.
“Today, I officially launched the First Lady Mazingira Award at the KICC in Nairobi. The award will target learners, including those with special needs, in over 89,000 public and private primary and secondary schools in all 47 counties of Kenya,” she stated.
Rachel highlighted that the program’s primary focus on school-going children stemmed from the belief that the future belonged to them.
She expressed her conviction that students possessed the potential to wield influence and bring about positive change in society, aligning with the government’s climate change initiatives, such as the 15 billion tree planting campaign.
“The power to shape our world lies in each of us, especially our young people. Let us empower them to become the driving force in our mission to protect our environment for them and future generations,” she stated.
During the launch, Rachel unveiled the award’s logo and tagline, and students who participated in the logo contest received recognition at the event.
The specific details regarding cash rewards for the award are yet to be disclosed.