5 December, 2018
Calling all teachers: Show our forests some love and win a trip to Rome!
very important as they provide our planet with essential
environmental services while also giving us jobs, products
and fun. To celebrate the many fantastic things about
forests, both natural and planted, the Food and Agriculture
Organisation (FAO) is running a competition ahead of
International Day of Forests on 21 March 2019. The prize: a
trip to Rome!
According to FAO, "the 2019 theme for the International Day
of Forests is ‘Forests and Education' and we want the world to
know how you educate children and youth about the importance of
trees and forests. Today, when more than half the world's
population lives in cities and are increasingly disconnected
from nature, it is more essential than ever to bring an
understanding and awareness of forests and their benefits into
children's lives at an early age."
FAO is inviting teachers, educators and parents
to produce and submit a short one-minute video that shows how
you impart a better understanding about the importance of
forests and trees for our planet's future. This could
be a video of a traditional class, nature walk into a wooded
area or plantation, a local park with trees, an artwork, a song
or music lesson or even an exercise class.
The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) and
Forestry South Africa have put together some resources with
specific facts on the South African forestry and forest product
sector. Visit the special page on www.forestryexplained.co.za for more information.
Deadline for entries is 15 December 2018. (We
recognise that this is after schools break up for the SA summer
holidays. It could however be a fun activity for these last few
weeks of school.)
How do I enter?
To enter the contest, just follow these steps:
- Make a short video that
shows how you teach children and youth about the
importance of forests. The video
should not exceed 1 minute and can be produced with
any professional or non-professional device
(smartphone, tablet, video camera). The image quality
must be in High Definition (HD) or in Standard
Definition (SD). Both are common image quality
standards, which are usually provided in cameras and
smartphones after the year 2000.
- Fill in the entry form
- Read through the FAQs and terms and
conditions for more information.
Your contribution will be posted on FAO's website and the winner
of the contest will join us at FAO headquarters in Rome to help
celebrate the International Day of Forests on 21 March 2019 and
to demonstrate how children and youth are taught about the
importance of forests.
PLEASE NOTE: This competition is organised by the
FAO. PAMSA and Forestry South Africa are merely encouraging
South Africa's teachers and educators to enter. Refer to the FAO for