What does the World School Championship (WSC) for Reforestation project do?
The first annual “World School Championship (WSC) 2016”, is making a global effort to encourage all schools, worldwide, to participate in this championship through fundraising effort that will regrow lost forests and preserve existing ones. Our motivation is in response to the alarming rate of global deforestation. By implementing this global initiative, the WSC works to counteract the devastation and affects of this loss by challenging schools to fundraise for 18 reforestation projects in four continents. The project, with the help of local volunteers, funds equipment, seeds, training and planting of organic tree and plant nurseries in their villages. Over a million seedlings per year will be planted providing fruits for improved nutrition for children, soil erosion prevention, a slowing of climate change and the preservation of biodiversity among plants and animals. Children will learn educational skills that can be applied to grow their own fruits and vegetables. In turn, that broken bridge of dreams called "poverty" can be eliminated. Several of the projects that we are supporting are protection the local cultural heritage, indigenous cultures, and arts and crafts. Instead of shooting the animals and cutting down the forests, ecotourism is introduced that will benefit the community teaching the communities about nature, how to create paths, eco lodges, preserve the forest and how to take care and guide tourists.
Who oversees the WSC?
The World School Championship is organized by “Art for All in the World”. Our organization is headed up by Sharon and Peter Claesson who have extensive international experience working in both the public and private sectors. Peter has over 15 years of experience in developing youth oriented programs and he has partnered on numerous sustainable development projects. Sharon has advised NGOs, SMEs and social enterprises on strategic planning, sustainability and revenue diversification. The WSC Leadership Team Head of Communications is the brilliant Doris Downes who has a long professional career in communication.
Does the staff receive salaries?
Apart from very small administrative costs that help to maintain the project and promote it on a large scale, our efforts are largely voluntary.
How is WSC funded?
We are actively applying for EU financial support and grants from organizations that earmark funds for social initiatives such as, The Rockefeller Foundation and The World Bank. In addition, schools will be encouraged to participate in this championship through creative fundraising efforts. Our activities are dependent on the financial support of donors and sponsors. Their support is vital because the project will fund equipment, seeds, training, and monitoring to set up seed and plant nurseries in many villages. Together, they will produce over a million seedlings per year.
Who are the Sponsors and how can I become involved?
Any business, corporation or individual interested in this project can financially support our initiative. On the homepage of our website, there is a special link that allows donating. It’s that easy!
What do Sponsors receive in exchange for donations?
All sponsors will have access to the growth of the WSC initiative and have the opportunity to follow, over many years, the ongoing emergence of a young global green community. You will see, firsthand, how hard work, passion and commitment, when shared, can make a significant impact. This can inspire other opportunities for student involvement on ecological matters on a local or global the recipient of the 2016 Award for insights on their creative fundraising and collaborations needed for the success of the project. Sponsors will have a sense of satisfaction from the fact that they help protect those who had once lived in harmony with our planet, but because of globalization their land has been severely compromised. They will be a part of this rebuilding of lives and of the land they depend on. In addition, we will promote the alliances of our Sponsors in our WSC marketing materials and the website of our project.
How does the WSC measure its impact on distribution of funds to the recipients?
The WSC has diligently canvased prospective cases where funds are desperately needed. The locations we have chosen needed our help to continue the initiatives that are in place or to build new initiatives where reforestation has depleted much needed habitats. Through our website, it will be possible to see uploaded images from these locations that can be shared with Sponsors, students and teachers, offering a tangible and rewarding insight into this collaborative reforestation effort.
What was the process for deciding on the reforestation cases?
We have selected 18 communities that have successfully done reforestation projects that are empowering and benefiting their geographic locations. All of the chosen projects are proactive in growing their initiatives. In these communities we have found solid leadership with much commitment and problem solving capability. These persons are doers and change-makers and turn dreams into reality. We have also chosen these locations because of their interest to scale up and benefit more communities. They will, in turn, share their knowledge as an educational tool for trainers who will work with the every member of the community including the children. These youth will inherit the legacy of their elders and continue to grow the project in this strong reforestation chain. The communities have also been chosen because of their transparency of managing financial support and because of a local funding source to support the project´s long-term operation, maintenance and repair.
What are the main causes for deforestation?
There are 7 main causes for deforestation:
Farming and Agriculture - As the world population gets bigger, farmers need more and more land to grow crops to feed people and animals
Biofuels Production - Biofuels such as ethanol, soy and palm oil, are used in food, beauty products and as gas for cars. Forests are cleared to make biofuel plantations
Logging for Wood Products - Trees are cut down for wood to make products used in construction, for paper, furniture, and boats, to name a few.
Construction for Houses and Roads - More people mean more space for people to live. Forests are cut down to make roads and houses.
Fuel for Cooking - Poor people in many countries have to use wood from trees in order to make cooking fires and to heat their houses
Mining - Many forests are full of minerals like gold, diamonds and copper. Trees are cut down to clear the land for digging mines.
Fires - Fires burn down huge areas of forest, some caused naturally by lightening, but some caused by people burning down trees to clear land.
What are the solutions to deforestation?
The answer is simple: reforestation. Reforestation involves the replanting or regeneration of areas of forest that have previously been damaged or destroyed. Sometimes forests are able to regenerate naturally if sufficient trees remain nearby and seeds can be dispersed into the deforested areas by animals or wind. However, areas of forest which have been severely degraded are unlikely to be able to regenerate naturally and need to be replanted by hand using native tree species. Restoring forests for future generations will slow local and global climate change, create sufficient wood for future needs, prevent soil erosion, and preserve biodiversity among the plants and animals. Our project will supply tree seedlings, set up plant nurseries, buy tools and equipment to use for tree planting.
What kind of trees are planted and where?
We are working on the restoration of 18 degraded forests on 4 continents. Projects based on country: Brazil, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Tanzania, Vietnam We will plant a lot of autochthonous trees that belong to the unique flora and fauna of the specific location. In other locations we will restore mangrove forests and in others - fruit trees. This is all case-specific to the needs of the communities.
How can our school become involved with the challenge?
Schools interested in participating in the WSC should go directly to the organizers of this project. On our website, your will find the point person or contact for each project. Your active participation means that we are, together, creating a global community connecting schools, teachers, community based reforestation projects and international youth organizations to create more oxygen and cool down our planet.
When funds are raised, who is our contact person at the WSC?
The person with who you can be in touch is Peter Claesson or Doris Downes (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
How does the organization distribute our donations?
The project will fund equipment, seeds, training, and monitoring to set up seed and plant nurseries in many villages. Together, they will produce over a million seedlings per year. Local volunteers will run them and sell the fruit for income. Furthermore, we will set up organic tree nurseries and forestry centers near degraded forest areas and support existing nurseries, and provide reforestation training for communities.
Who decides where the funds should be distributed?
Each project has its own council consisting of a group of well-informed specialists. They know the specifics of the project supervised and monitored by them so they are able to distribute the financial resources accordingly.
Will the WSC be a yearly challenge?
WSC 2016 is the first edition of annual project. We believe that we will achieve success, encourage and inspire more people to help and participate in our initiative, and as a result - WSC will become a yearly challenge.
Can we decide who receives our donations?
Each school that participates in WSC can decide who receives its donations.
What does the winner of the Championship receive?
We consider all participating schools to be winners in this challenge. Your help, whether large or small will go a long way in this effort. However, it would not be a ‘challenge’ without offering an award for the school that outperforms in their fundraising efforts. The representative team from the school will get the opportunity to visit their project of choice. We want to again emphasize that all participating schools will have a sense of satisfaction from the fact that they help protect those who have lived in harmony with our planet, but because of globalization, we need to come together in this effort. Furthermore, each school will receive a certificate confirming participation in this collaborative and exciting project.