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Oundle school pupils tackle virtual trek of Africa for Great Green Wall challenge




Environmentally conscious school pupils earned national recognition after embarking on an epic virtual trip across Africa.

Pupils and staff at Laxton Junior School in Oundle were featured on the Eco-Schools England website for their Great Green Wall House Challenge.

The children have been challenged to virtually travel 7,750km, mirroring the length of the Great Green Wall, a project to plant an 8,000km barrier of trees spanning the width of Africa.

It aims to combat environmental issues such as climate change and drought.

Laxton Junior School pupils have litter picked across the district for their Great Green Wall Challenge. Photo supplied
Laxton Junior School pupils have litter picked across the district for their Great Green Wall Challenge. Photo supplied

Children earn kilometres by completing tasks, including walking and running 5km and cycling 10km, and domestic chores.

There are also green tasks from recycling and tree-planting to designing and building an eco Lego house, and they have litter picked in Northamptonshire, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Rutland.

Pupils also learn about each of the 11 countries as they pass through.

Laxton Junior School pupils have been undergoing a range of tasks for their Great Green Wall Challenge. Photo supplied
Laxton Junior School pupils have been undergoing a range of tasks for their Great Green Wall Challenge. Photo supplied

By day 12 they had covered 7,200km, and hope to achieve Eco-Schools Green Flag status.

Simon Marsden, eco co-ordinator at LJS, said the response had been brilliant.

"It has been an ideal opportunity to get not just the children involved in an environmental and community project, but parents too," he said.

"This is definitely a challenge which could be easily adapted and completed outside of lockdown.”



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