Eco Clubs is an ongoing project that builds an environmentally conscious generation; develops hands-on skills; and demonstrates environmental best practice to the community. This project aims at involving youth in and out of school in environmental education and ecological conservation. Since its inception in 2002, the Eco-Club network has grown to include 50 primary and secondary schools and youth groups in the Mombasa, Kwale, Kinango, Kilifi and Kilindini districts. It works by interested teachers or students forming a group – usually an after-school club – under the management of a schoolteacher or youth worker as patron. Clubs pay a registration and annual fee to cover administrative costs and to fund initiatives. After registering, they receive a familiarisation visit from Eco-Ethics. We also organize several follow-up visits to check on progress and give talks on an environmental theme. Eco-Clubs focus on the following areas in response to the environmental challenges common to the region, with its busy port city, slum districts and small-scale fishing villages:

  • ​Environmental degradation
  • Sustainable solid and liquid waste management
  • Climate change and atmospheric pollution
  • Food security and poverty alleviation
  • Water and sanitation
  • Health and safety
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Responsible resource use and conservation

Clubs’ activities are guided by the club patron and may be tied in to the school’s curriculum. They include activities in the classroom as well as outdoor activities such as tree planting. In addition, Eco-Ethics’ environmental education and outreach programme also organizes events throughout the year.