North/South for 1.5° C Programme
PAGE VERTE (Green Page) is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that brings together people of good will who are determined to make education for sustainable development in schools a reality. The aim is to involve young people from an early age in sustainable development and environmental protection for a better future.
Overview of the project
The “North/South Programme for 1.5° C” originates from an initial collaboration between the Cité Scolaire de l’Edit (Roussillon, France) and the NGO Page Verte Internationale, which is based in Côte d’Ivoire, after participation in the COP23 in Bonn in 2017.
Several reasons underlie the birth of this project: scientists have shown that African countries, which contribute less than 4% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, are the most vulnerable to climate change.
This vulnerability poses serious threats to health, food security and socio-economic development in Africa. There is therefore an urgent need to address this situation.
Furthermore, young people have demonstrated their contribution to meeting the challenge of accelerating the ecological transition through several of their actions. Concerned about the climate and the lack of political action, young people from the North and the South have mobilised to act together as the “Hummingbird”.
The organisation has set itself the following objectives:
- Create a formal collaboration framework between schools in Côte d’Ivoire and the North (Europe) for the sharing and implementation of sustainable initiatives through youth
- Strengthen the capacities of young people participating in the professional insertion by taking into account the current climatic challenges
- To set up documentation centres on the environment and sustainable development in Ivorian schools
To achieve these objectives, a well-ordered methodology was put in place. Since this project was collaborative, the various participants from France mobilised to collect 160Kg of books in Roussillon and transport them to Côte d’Ivoire.
Once in Côte d’Ivoire, the young French people were each assigned to a host family for immersion. This host family is made up of the parents of the students of the Lavoisier Institute participating in the programme. This will allow them to collaborate with each other, to experience realities together (climate adaptation strategies, eco-citizen lifestyle, etc.) and to draw both positive and negative conclusions that could be sources of motivation for future projects.
In order to facilitate the capacity building of the young participants, all the young people took part in exchange-debate sessions and experience sharing on the initiatives, the ecological transition and the valorization of the concept of Global Eco-citizenship.
Finally, in order to perpetuate this programme, and to facilitate the general culture of Ivorian students on the different concepts of the project, specific rooms that will house the ecological library, called “Green Planet”, were prepared for this purpose.
Create a formal collaboration framework between schools in Côte d'Ivoire and the North (Europe) for sharing and implementing sustainable initiatives through the youth
03/25/2019 - 03/31/2019
The “North/South Programme for 1.5° C” had quite satisfactory results, as this project saw a high rate of participation:
- 14 young volunteers, the majority of whom were girls and women from the Lycée L’Edit Roussillon in France
- more than 200 young people (schoolchildren, administrators and volunteers) from the Lavoisier Institute and the NGO PAGE VERTE
This shows the interest of women in climate adaptation and mitigation strategies.
The young people actively participated in the various thematic workshops, which gave them a better understanding of current environmental issues. This participation was validated by a certificate.
Our “Green Planet” library was created thanks to the Lavoisier Institute, and includes several books dealing with earth sciences, ecology, social sciences and leadership, all which allows young people to read independently.
The various participants from France mobilised for the collection of books, and their own transport to and from Abidjan. Our NGO provided the means of internal travel within Abidjan, and part of the cost for catering. The families of the young volunteers from the beneficiary school also provided accommodation.
The NGO PAGE VERTE (Green Page) is a non-governmental, non-political, and non-profit organisation, which was created in accordance with Law 60-315 of 21 September 1960 on associations. It is registered at the prefecture of Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire under the number 0942/PA of the receipt dated 01 June 2016, and is authorised to operate according to the decree n° 0507/MIS/DGAT/DAG/SDVA, published in the official journal on 02 January 2020.
Benefiting from an accreditation from the Conference of the Parties (COP,) and from an international status, its mission is to ensure Education (formal or non-formal) to the environment, sustainable development, and a green planet through the realization of several initiatives, such as the training to environmental education of young people from 05 to 17 years old, the promotion of the circular economy, the contribution to food security, the implementation and the follow-up of community projects, in order to reach several of the Sustainable Development Goals, such as the objectives 2, 4, 5, 6, 13 and 15.
The different partners who worked for the success of this project are: the Cité scolaire L’Edit from France, the Institut Lavoisier from Ivory Coast, and the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development from Ivory Coast.