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Mar 07

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Ecole Wangari Maathai in France honours the Nobel Laureate

The African Union Summit that took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2012 declared the 3rd of March to be Wangari Maathai Day in honour of the late Prof. Wangari Maathai. This declaration was made in recognition of her numerous achievements as the first Presiding Officer of AU-ECOSOCC, as an African Union Peace Ambassador, as Founder of the Green Belt Movement, as Goodwill Ambassador for the Congo Basin Forest, as UN Peace Messenger for Environment and Climate, as UNEP Champion of the Earth, and as a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

Through the Green Belt Movement, the late Prof. Wangari Maathai mobilised women at grassroots level to plant more than 51 million trees in Kenya. To honour her legacy, the Embassy of Kenya in France celebrated Wangari Maathai Day on 3rd March 2017 by planting a shrub at the Ecole Wangari Maathai in Aubervilliers. Amb. M. Nyambura Kamau, Chargée d’affaires a.i., accompanied by Ms. Josephine Ibrahim (First Counselor-Multilateral), Ms. Lina Ochieng (Second Counselor – Economics), Ms. Esther Mwashigadi (Administration Attachée) represented the Embassy.

On arrival at the school, Amb M. Nyambura Kamau and her team were welcomed by the Principal Ms. Nathalie Joco who took them on a tour of the school. They were informed that the school was named after Prof. Wangari Maathai in honour of her achievements in environmental conservation. She had been invited to the inauguration of the school but was unable to attend due to health concerns.

After the tour of the school, Amb. M. Nyambura Kamau met with the pupils and teachers of Ecole Wangari Maathai where she talked about the legacy of the late Prof. Wangari Maathai. Present during the meeting was the Mayor’s representative Mr. Sofienne KARROUMI, Municipal Councillor in charge of education. He also gave a speech during the meeting. Later on, Mr. Karroum and Amb. M. Nyambura Kamau planted a shrub on the school grounds in honour of Prof. Wangari Maathai.

DSC_0800 Mr. Sofienne KARROUMI, Municipal Councillor in charge of education in Aubervilliers with Amb. M. Nyambura Kamau, Chargée d’affaires a.i., Ms. Esther Mwashigadi (Administration Attachée), school Principal Ms. Nathalie Joco and Ms. Josephine Ibrahim (First Counselor-Multilateral) at the Ecole Wangari Maathai

DSC_0761Mr. Sofienne KARROUMI, Municipal Councillor in charge of education in Aubervilliers welcomes Amb. M. Nyambura Kamau, Chargée d’affaires a.i. and her team to the Ecole Wangari Maathai

DSC_0764Mr. Sofienne KARROUMI, Municipal Councillor in charge of education in Aubervilliers and Amb. M. Nyambura Kamau, Chargée d’affaires a.i. plant a shrub together to mark Wangari Maathai Day

DSC_0786Mr. Sofienne KARROUMI, Municipal Councillor in charge of education in Aubervilliers with Ms. Lina Ochieng (Second Counselor – Economics), Ms. Esther Mwashigadi (Administration Attachée), Amb. M. Nyambura Kamau, Chargée d’affaires a.i., school Principal Ms. Nathalie Joco and Ms. Josephine Ibrahim (First Counselor-Multilateral) shortly after planting a shrub in the school grounds

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