CHARLESTOWN, Nevis - WITH the Federation joining the rest of the world to recognise June as Child Month, Nevis is using this year to push recycling amongst children on the island after a two-year hiatus of activities surrounding the month.
That was confirmed by the Minister of Education in the Nevis Island Administration, Troy Liburd, when he spoke to open the month, where he said that after navigating the COVID-19 pandemic for two years, “we have a renewed sense of the importance of ensuring that we strive to secure the future for our children”.
With a renewed focus shifting to green economies across the world, attention is now being placed on instituting measures that children can have best practices for the future.
“As such, the selected theme - ‘Recycle, Save the Earth for Our Children’s Future.’ - is an opportunity for us to share the importance of environmental preservation through recycling with our children.
“Growing up, we were introduced to the Three Rs at an early age. This year, the children will focus on the first R – Recycling.
“At school, they will learn about recycling and its importance. During the month, children will be encouraged to bring at least one plastic bottle to the school with the intention of recycling. At the end of the month, all bottles will be taken to the Sustainable Project Recycling Facility at Long Point,” Minister Liburd explained.
The Minister encouraged parents to use this time to have discussions with their children about recycling, by either demonstrating recycling at home and even working together on projects.
“As a family, create a recycling station by placing a box in a specific location and asking your child to place plastic items such as bottles there after use,” added the Minister.
To recognise the month, a number of activities are planned on the island, including a Church Service, Radio Appearances, Parades, Meetings with Education Officials and a Recycle Day.