CHILDREN COUNCIL

EFFECTIVE 1ST AUGUST 2023, WE ENHANCED OUR ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE BY SETTING UP THE CHILDREN COUNCIL

HISTORY

Since 2015, Clean Up Kenya has worked with thousands of children in our advocacy campaigns. In 2023, to incorporate the important role children play in our work, we created the Children Council. The role of this council is to amplify the voices of children in our organization while providing environmental advocacy leadership for children. 

The Children Council is led by 11-year-old, Jada Neema, who was first appointed to sit on Clean Up Kenya Advisory Committee aged 8 years. The Children Council is chaperoned by a senior member of the Clean Up Kenya Advisory Council, Ruth Okinyo.

The children come up with their own projects, and Clean Up Kenya helps them develop and implement these projects. By fostering a sense of responsibility and leadership in environmental issues from an early age, the council aims to nurture a generation committed to sustaining and improving the environment for the future.

COUNCIL MEMBERS

Ruth Okinyo

Jada Neema

Children Council Chairperson

Fred Peters

Deputy Children Council Chairperson

Natasha Kendi

Member

LATEST INITIATIVE

Building on over eight years of experience working with children, the Children Council launched their first initiative, the Kenya Children for Plastic Change project, at St. Andrew’s Turi on July 3, 2024, with the kind partnership of the school. At this launch, the Children Council Chairperson, Jada Neema, delivered a powerful speech on the subject of plastic pollution and the process of developing the Global Plastic Treaty to combat the problem. Following this, over 150 children wrote letters to the Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee working on the treaty, as well as to the UN Environment Executive Director, giving their perspectives on the issue. Progressively, the council plans to collect more letters from children across the country, which will be delivered to the addressees prior to the commencement of the final round of negotiations for the development of the international plastic treaty, set to take place in Busan, South Korea, later in 2024.