Adedayo Mark-Adeyemi Nigeria Water Forum, www.nigeriawaterforum.org [email protected], [email protected] The Blue Earth Children Club, emanated from the activities of a set of nursery and primary school Children in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria promoted supported by , Adedayo Mark-Adeyemi. In the process of the program, a rhyme was produced for the school program dedicated to the use of water. The rhyme will go on to be a regular sound track for the advertisements of the Ogun State Water Corporation see www.nigeriawaterforum.org home page. Two Strategic Approaches Create a unique physical presence Raise advocacy up to the highest level of government Create a unique physical presence In the whole Abeokuta , there is no single established park elaborate for Children to play, creating a Water park with a small museum to show case Water, Climate and Environment issues in the most graphic and electronic format that will fascinate children will be a veritable way to make children converge and learn. There are beautiful water fronts with nice vegetation that can be put use in this regards. Raise advocacy up to the highest level of government. This strategy seek to bring the attention of the authorities at the Federal Ministry of Education, National Board on Technical Committee on Education, State Ministry of Education, National Assembly Committees on Education and their Counterparts in the Water and Environment sector to the following submissions: PRESENTATION ON USING THE CURRICULUM TO MAKE THE WORLD BLUE Prevalent Rhymes and its meaning Umpty dumpty sat on the wall Umpty dumpty had a great fall All the kings men Could not put umpty dumpty back again Social Relevance Direct implication could be, obesity must be avoided, but little import to children Could human beings break into pieces No! Amusing but not inspiring Social relevance Nil LONDON BRIDGE AINT FALLING London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down London bridge is falling down My fair lady Relevance : Nil (Most children in sub-Saharan Africa have never seen the London bridge even in pictures) Peter and Paul There are two little birds Sitting on a wall One name Peter, one named Paul Fly away peter, fly away Paul Come back Peter, come back Paul Oh, come back little bird And sit on the wall These are the first set of rhymes that our children spend their first three years in school to learn. Yet the children are the most effective tool to elicit behavioural changes even among adults. Rhymes; Make the World Blue Water has no enemy “water has no enemy, don’t waste it, water has no enemy use it wisely, all we need to do we use water, use it wisely, don’t waste it, in the morning time we use for bathing, we use for washing and use for cooking, untreated water will kill you slowly, use it wisely don’t waste it, water has no enemy let it flow….. water is life Wash your hand before you eat “ wash your hand before you eat, invisible germs can through your hand, enter you and make you sick, wash your hand friend wash your hand, wash your hand before you eat” Wash your hand always Seven times you wash your hand, when you come in from work wash your hand, when you come from toilet wash your hand, when you clean your nose wash your hand, when you touch any sick thing wash your hand, wash your hand all the time, this is the way to live healthy. Use Water Wisely Water! Water! everywhere, what comes around goes around, waste it here, lack it there, use it wisely here, share it there, let water flow every where Clean the toilet When you enter the toilet You are happy , it is clean When you leave the toilet Please leave it clean make the next user happy Rain I once asked my father Where does rain come from He answered, Heaven! Then I asked my father where it goes from here He answered, heaven! What comes down Goes around and goes back up It is a cycle that keeps the earth Please don’t break the cycle Don’t Dump your waste Don’t dump your waste there Don’t dump your waste in the drain Don’t dump your waste in the river Don’t dump your waste by the road side Don’t dump your waste next door Keep your waste away safely Let us live a healthy life Climate Change 1 When it is December We say its winter Dry, cold, hazy sky Climate Change 2 When its April we say is autumn Thunder sound, the rain heralding Climate Change 3 When its august We’re in the heart of summer Sunny, rainy comes the harvest September marks the end of wetly times Climate Change 4 Spring is the day before snow falls But little children Often ask these days Why rain in winter, Tough snow like none before? Intense heat, yet rain delay One answer comes so quick to mind Climate change is here for real Do you have a toilet? Do you have toilet? What do you mean? Where do you ease yourself? Just behind the back How do you like the stench? We have lived with it What will then be your plea Please build us a toilet Open Defecation Open defecation What a shameful act Open defecation What a dirty act Open defecation What a dangerous act Open defecation What a deadly act Desertification Desertification Let’s do something for the earth Our mother land is growing bald Fall a tree but just plant Six Seven days that make a week Restore the earth Please make it green Curriculum Influence. Political Action The English Subject could be a means of spreading the Blue Earth message among children. Composition, comprehensions in school books and examination could be tailored towards water and environment. Book Review (Survey) Universal Basic Education Edition Nigeria Primary English Broad Topics No of Titles Events Adventure Moral Relationships Places Water and Environment Nil Healthy Living Nil Social Activities The Blue Earth movement can be formed in schools just as am awareness creating social network among students. They could introduce water based competitions like swimming, Water and environment quiz, water related community support activities, like clearing the drain, planting of trees etc Visit to Government Officials (Lobby) Visit to the Abuja to meet the Honourable Minister for Education and Water Resources and the Chairman Legislative Committees on Education and Water Resources, to present the request to replace irrelevant rhymes and themes of the compositions in the school books with Rhymes that promotes best practices as composed by the club.