Event organizer and VIP (from back left to front right): Frederique Weyer - Swiss Embassy, Prof Alex Songorwa - Ministry of Wildlife, Eugene Gies - Dutch Embassy, Geral Runyoro - UN Environment/UNIDO, Katarina Ragnitt - Swedish Ambassador, Seleman Kisimbo - VP office, Amabilis Batamula - Femina Hip, Minou Fuglesang - ED Femina Hip, Tania Hamilton - ED Nipe Fagio, Musa Sabore - Africraft, Bwana Ishi - MC Femina Hip, Straton Vincent - Nipe Fagio
The first of its kind in Dar es Salaam, a World Environment Day festival took place on 3-4 June involving 29 organisations, 10 performing artists, 15 tents and several VIP guests, including the Swedish Ambassador and representatives from the Vice President’s Office, the Dutch Embassy, the Ministry of Wildlife and UNIDO. The festival, held at Kijitonyama Postal Grounds, carried the slogan, ‘Be Cool, Clean and Green: Connect with Nature’, and brought together key partners, major stakeholders, media, students, local government and the general public.
In keeping with the international theme of this year’s World Environment Day, ‘connecting people to nature’, encouraging people to go outdoors to appreciate the beauty of mother earth and take forward to call to protect it, likeminded partners from different sections of civil society joined hands to primarily target young people and students. Exhibitions, information stands, performances and a knowledge quiz with prizes helped to reinforce key messages on how everyone can help protect our environment. The ‘SDG selfie pledge wall’ proved popular, with participants had photos against a backdrop of pledges to meet goals in the fight to protect our environment. The event culminated in a photoshoot whereby VIP guests were ‘passed the broom’ (featuring painted Nipe Fagio brooms) and a crowning of the ‘Queen of Recycling’ to the Swedish ambassador, with an attractive upcycled crown.
The final end to the festival came with a neighbourhood clean-up at the Kijitonyama grounds on the Sunday evening, allowing participants to put their new knowledge on waste management and green practices into practice.
The festival was generously funded by the core donors of Femina Hip, the Swedish and Danish Embassies, and received additional contributions from the Embassy of Switzerland and Embassy of Netherlands. In kind support was also provided by Knight Support, Chattels tents, Coca Cola, CAPS toilets, Total Waste Solutions, The Ice Maker, Spur and Trinity. Several dozens of volunteers came out to support the event in various functions. University volunteers and student organisations played a key role in mobilising people prior to the big day, attracting a young and dynamic crowd. The occasion also offered Femina Hip, the multimedia education initiative targeting youth, an opportunity to launch its nationwide environmental campaign for 2017: waste management, ‘trash to cash’, recycling, plastic pollution in our oceans and the upcoming Tanzania plastic bag ban.
Nipe Fagio Team
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