The EnvironFocus Knowledge and Culture Exchange Program (EKCEP) pilot

EnvironFocus Knowledge and Culture Exchange Program (EKCEP) pilot is underway and a lot of learning has already taken place between the schools. A curriculum has been developed and lessons have already begun in classrooms and in the Portal. Participating schools are Morning Star Middle School, Ontario Canada and S-Tee International Secondary School, Lagos Nigeria.

Participating students are in Grade 8 in Canada and Junior Secondary School (J.S.S) 2 in Nigeria. Our goal is to raise children that will solve the sustainability problems of the present and the future with the help of their teachers and their School. Both schools are excited. It is an innovative and  exciting teaching method for both the students and the teachers.  There is  a lot of knowledge exchange going on between teachers and the children are learning new clean technologies. The students will be learning about each country’s culture and the clean technology of choice is Aquaponics.  Aquaponics combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. It supplements the traditional agricultural methods being used in communities and provide more stability in food supply with zero environmental impact. Students from Morning Star will be representing EKCEP  at the upcoming EnvironFocus Show and Tell taking place April 29, 2017 at the Living Art Centre, Mississauga Ontario.

The secondary goal of the EKCEP pilot is the construction of an actual aquaponics system by the students. The students of S-Tee International Secondary School,  Lagos Nigeria, plan to build the food production system in their school compound, while the students of Morning Star Middle School Ontario, Canada plan to build the food production system in the home of a First Nation’s family in Ontario Canada. Funding will be required to construct these systems and we hope we will have the support of communities/organizations in both countries to make these projects a reality for the children.

Once actual projects are completed, the students from both schools will be invited to the EnvironFocus Show and Tell in Ontario Canada in Fall 2017 to present their projects. With this project EKCEP will be meeting the Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2, 4, 8, 9,11, 17.

For more information about EKCEP and to register for the new session starting September 2017 go to or send an email to For more information about Environfocus, go to For information about EnvironFocus Show and Tell go to

EKCEP is an avenue for teachers and children from developed countries (Canada) and developing countries to work together in solving sustainability issues affecting both continents.  EKCEP aims to solve the following questions.

  1. How do we raise children that will solve the sustainability problems of the present and the future?
  2. How do we transfer knowledge that is unbiased?
  3. How do we create solutions that are trans-boundary and take cultures into consideration?
  4. How do we ensure that single stories are not told?
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9 Thoughts on The EnvironFocus Knowledge and Culture Exchange Program (EKCEP) pilot
    Lanre Akinola
    2 Mar 2017

    Re: How do we raise students that will solve the sustainability problems of the present and the future? Ans: By catching the students young . Sentisize the students on the global problems and suggested solutions via seminars . Also by establishing clubs in junior & senior schools that will accommodate students in higher & lower classes . This will enable students in lower classes carry on with projects executed by the students in higher classes .

    4 Mar 2017

    I highly agree with Mr Lanre, about catching students young. Because it is easier to teach us now than when we are all grown up. Plus we will never forget it and we will live with it.

      5 Mar 2017

      I also highly agree with Mr.lanre cause children learn at young age

    5 Mar 2017

    I agree with Amara and mister Lanre. Young students minds are still fresh. So we will be able to retain information given to us for the rest of our lives.

    5 Mar 2017

    And I also agree with amara

    5 Mar 2017

    Children at young ages are always eager to learn so I think that picking jss2 or grade8 students will be a great idea ?? so I give you all my support

    Afam Divine
    5 Mar 2017

    As the old comment goes, ‘You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.’ Therefore I thank the Environ Focus Group for looking out for the young minds and selecting us, the Eighth Graders to participate in such a prestigious event.

    Lynnancy Okafor
    6 Mar 2017

    I Lynnancy Okafor can’t agree any less with Mr Lanre and Amara,because whatever knowledge or moral instilled in us now,goes a long way in framing our tomorrow and making us better leaders of tomorrow, we need to create awareness on the need and benefits of this clubs,so that both our parents and fellow students will appreciate the essence of it.

    Lynnancy Okafor.

    6 Mar 2017

    Research has said, that someone like me a student learns thing faster than an adult young students like grade 8 or jss (2) are always eager to learn cause they still have much spaces in their brain. So I know this aquaponics is really going to help students like me and not just in the aquaponics aspects but also in other areas like some subjects

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