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Environmental Project for the Protection of Lake Xolotlán

Promoting actions and strategies that guarantee the care and preservation of our Mother Earth, Good Government through the Mayor's Office of Citizen Power of Managua, the Ministry of Education and the support of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), executes the project "Environmental Education for the Protection of Lake Xolotlán".

This project seeks to increase the interest of the population and students, on the proper management of solid waste and the impact of these water resources, as is the case of Lake Xolotlán; thus generating a synergy between the community and the different institutions, which contributes to responding to environmental problems.

The execution of this plan is initially developed in the Solidaridad and San Sebastián schools of Districts I and II respectively; where teachers of the fifth grade of primary school were trained so that their students know about the classification of solid waste and its impact on Xolotlán, promoting in them, a change of aptitude in the protection of natural resources.

The action plan includes 7 components, including the implementation of environmental fairs, training, formation of ecological brigades, outreach, environmental talks with ecological brigade members and the implementation of a floating school.

In the case of the Floating School component, it consists of using the “Momotombito” boat as an educational space, on October 4 and 5, where talks on the environment will be given, for a period of 3 hours, in which will carry out the floating school experience to 178 fifth grade students from both schools, using 2 environments of the ship, where students will observe, through microscopes, the microbial activity of the water, with a practical experiment, they will also be able to know about the treatment process and changes in water color.

The officials stressed that this activity is based on the Japanese experience of the pedagogical ship "Uminoko", which sails in the "Lake Biwa" of Shiga, where classes are offered and the primary school children of this Japanese region are made aware of the importance of the environment.

In addition, to the environmental education day, garbage cans will be installed in both schools and Paseo Xolotlán, to separate organic and inorganic solid waste.

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