The Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency, LASPARK, has organised a programme tagged: “Little Green Hands-Creative Gardening” for kids between the ages of four to 12 years.
Speaking during the programme with the theme: “Plant and Paint”, held at the Johnson, Jakande and Tinubu (JJT) Park, Alausa, Ikeja, the General Manager of LASPARK, Mrs Adetoun Popoola, said the essence of the programme was to teach the kids planting methods and, also to demonstrate and inculcate the habit in them, adding the exercise offers so many invaluable and interesting lessons.
Mrs Popoola stated that gardening helps children know about the different species of plants and things required to help them grow, maintaining that the practice engages the senses and makes the children active.
In her remarks, one of the parents, Mrs Moyosola Rotimi commended LASPARK for the initiative, saying the kids will not forget the experience in a short while.
“It’s an awesome programme, you know whenever you want to teach children anything, it has to be super fun and the organisers have been able to achieve this”, she said.
She explained that the activities carried out were fun, educative and highly informative, stressing that the children have leant a lot of things they never knew before.
Her words: “The exercise has taught them about the essence of planting, some type of plant species and how to nurture their plants to ensure that they germinate well”.
She applauded LASPARK for infusing creativity with the introduction of painting into the initiative.
The facilitators took the 30 kids selected from different local governments across the State for the gardening programme, through a series of activities beginning with the distribution of upcycled planting containers, taking of soil, compost, planting of ornamental and vegetables, as well as painting.
Highlights of the event were the presentation of environmental books donated by the Nigeria Conservation Foundation to participants to improve their knowledge of the ecosystem.