Frequently Asked Questions about the theme of the environment within our projects

You can find a convenient tool to calculate your CO2 footprint on “klimaatplein” (only available in Dutch).

DEAN supports schools in East Africa in improving education through the use of digital learning tools and the introduction of new forms of teaching. The objective is to better prepare students for their future and create opportunities. An important aspect is that students learn how to put their theoretical knowledge to practice. DEAN supports teachers in this. We do this, amongst other things, by organising theme days during which students do practical work and acquire various 21st-century skills and competences.

We chose “the environment” as a theme, because we are of the opinion that environmental awareness is crucial to keep today’s and tomorrow’s society liveable. The environment theme offers endless opportunities to use digital learning tools in combination with existing subjects like mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and agriculture. Planting trees as part of this teaching programme contributes to the greening of the school surroundings and remains a part of the lessons.

Planting trees is necessary to keep the earth liveable. In addition to that, investments should be made in education and information to make sure that new generations make more durable choices and make them more aware of the impact they have on the environment. We use your CO2 compensation for both.

For each 400 euros we organise a theme day at a secondary school in Kenya as part of our ongoing digital education programme. On average, we reach 30 students. As part of this day 50 trees are being planted.

Meanwhile we know quite well what to take into account when planting trees and which species are suitable. In this, we are actively advised and supported by Africa Wood Grow with whom we have entered into a partnership. Africa Wood Grow has been planting trees in Kenya since 2010 and has all the necessary knowledge and experience.

We plant as many trees as practically possible near the schools. This depends on the available space around the school.

In addition, trees are planted in a reforestation project in Kenya of Africa Wood Grow.

Thanks to our cooperation with Africa Wood Grow we can guarantee the number of planted trees. When the space around a school is not sufficient, Africa Wood Grow plants the remaining trees in their reforestation project in Kenya.

The amount of CO2 compensation of 22 kg per tree per year is an average. The uptake differs per species of tree and depends on its lifespan, location and the growth of the trees.

Experience learns that the first two years after planting the trees are crucial. We guarantee that trees that are planted survive those first two important years. If a tree does not make it, a new tree will be planted. We have agreed with the schools that they continue to tend to the trees. All schools are visited regularly by DEAN and Africa Wood Grow to check this. The trees planted in Africa Wood Grow’s reforestation project are guaranteed to stay there for 10 years.

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