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ESD at Kiambu High School

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Kiambu high school is a stem model school, an extra county school situated at Kiambu municipality. It’s in kirigiti which is 14km from KEMI headquarters using runda road. It was started back in 1969 on 35 acres of land. It started as a mixed school with 40 girls and 40 boys. it was later converted into a boys boarding school in 1993 to date. Currently we have a population of 1087 students and 50 teaching staff. The school is expanding day in day out. we have a semi Olympic swimming pool that was established in 2016.

Kiambu high school is top both in academics and co -curricular activities where they proceed up to national level. The school has a KEMI botanical garden just at the entrance gate with over 200 tree species (both exotic and indigenous).

We live in an ecosystem surrounded with various tree species which makes the environment conducive for teaching and learning.  We would like to thank KEMI for their continued support towards forest development in our school and choosing us as an ESD model centre.

Education for sustainable development has a concept that has been embraced well in Kiambu High School. We started with agricultural activities so as to utilize and rehabilitate a vast rocky ground within the school which was underutilized and has now been transformed into a productive land. We also started non-agricultural activities such as waste management and water harvesting.

We have a botanical garden where we have planted both exotic and indigenous species of trees. There are over eight hundred trees planted and others are planted around the school compound.
In the ESD garden we have planted cabbages, kales, onions, carrots, tomatoes, spinach and pepper. We have already harvested some of these vegetables and they were supplied to the school kitchen.
There are more vegetables that were planted during this rainy season so as to replace those that were harvested earlier this term. To ensure continuity in the ESD garden there is a nursery bed where the vegetable seedlings are planted.
There is also tree nursery bed that has about six hundred trees. The trees are mainly exotic species. We are intending to plant more within the school compound.
In waste management, we are planting vegetables in cement sacks which are usually disposed after building and construction in the school. There is also a central point where all the plastic bottles are disposed and later we plant vegetables on them. The papers that used to be disposed in the litter bin are now assembled in a certain room and they are taken by a lorry to a factory outside the school for shredding and recycling.
We have tanks in the school meant for harvesting rain water. This assists in supplementing the amount of water supply in the school since the demand is high.
Some of the ESD activities we are intending to establish later in the course includes, biogas production, harnessing solar power and constructing a fish pond.


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