By Kamundia Muriithi.
Some 919 schools in semi-arid parts of Embu, Machakos and Kitui counties are set to benefit from a tree planting programme aimed at increasing forest cover in the dry areas.
The programme in which 120 schools have already benefitted seeks to empower schools by having the trees act as a source of fuel, shade and timber.
The plan dubbed Green Initiative Challenge funded by Bamburi Cement, KenGen foundation and Better Globe Forestry aims to green 460 acres with 324,300 tree seedlings and 113,956 passion and pawpaw fruits by next year.
Speaking during a capacity building for teachers at Nyangwa Boys, Mbeere South Sub- County, KenGen Foundation Programme Officer, Antony Igecha said the project is designed as a challenge to participating schools with prizes awarded based on the highest survival rate of seedlings and use of innovation.