Schools4Trees is a pioneering project set up by Muslim environmentalists in the UK as part of the Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences (IFEES), also known as EcoIslam.
As more than 50 per cent of the global population now live in cities, children are becoming increasingly disconnected from nature. Not only does this impact their well-being, but also restricts them from learning about and experiencing the importance of nature and wildlife.
The aim of the Schools4Trees project is to educate children about the importance of trees and forests on earth. By taking children out of the classroom and into nature, it allows them to make connections between our lifestyles and the natural world. There are now Schools4Trees projects in Africa and Indonesia, two of the most forest-rich areas on the planet, but where the wooded environments on which ecology depends are severely threatened.
The Schools4Trees project takes the message into the classroom Picture: IFEES