11 June 2021 | A Seventh-day Adventist educational initiative organized by the denomination in Brazil is aiming to teach students about environmental preservation and sustainability.

In Cariacica, Espírito Santo, the “Environment: Educating to Preserve” program has been focused on teaching sustainable development.

In the area, Adventist educators have taught families to use cooking oil to make soap.

According to South American Division (SAD) News, students are taught soap production, packaging and delivery. The product is given to needy families in the area as part of a food basket.

The project was featured on TV Gazeta, affiliated with Rede Globo in the state, as well as TV Tribuna.

Professor Úrsula Varjão Hatakeyama Costa told SAD News that the project aimed to teach students the underlying science and encourage “socio-environmental responsibility.”

In Vila Velha, Espírito Santo, first-year students at the Ibes Adventist School were taught to plant green onions and then track the stages of development in the vegetable. According to SAD News, the idea behind the exercise was to understand the importance of plants for ecological balance, as well as in food production.

According to the SAD, the school children “took to the streets to share the lessons learned and encourage the conservation of the flora, by distributing sunflower seeds to drivers who were stopped by traffic lights.”

Aline Herculano, the regional education coordinator, said the project aimed to teach students to care for their environment and value natural food.

“They love to participate in these activities and take the knowledge learned in the classroom to society and also to their homes, strengthening the awareness of the entire family,” said Herculano to SAD News.

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