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Sustainability Academy

The Sustainability Academy provides the fundamental vehicle for the attainment of the change HOMEF seeks to build. The academy provides spaces for knowledge creation and sharing. Through this we work to eliminate ignorance and build self-reliance and confidence in the wisdom that has preserved and improved our environment over the millennia. The academy is not a physical structure, but rather fluid spaces for participatory learning.

Through the academy HOMEF connects peoples and shares knowledge and ideas of what has worked or is working or would work. The space is vital for analyses and sharing of why and how communities are trained to acquiesce to exploitation, oppression and humiliation. The academy also helps to expose tokenistic actions to dull resistance and breed debilitating dependence. The Sustainability Academy is also a space for contest of ideas. The Sustainability Academy (HOME School) provides the space for our work on Fossil Fuels and Hunger Politics.

Climate Change, Pastoralism, Land and Conflicts

Health of Mother Health Foundation (HOMEF) in collaboration with Confederation of Traditional Herder Organizations in Africa (CORET) convened the 10th Sustainability Academy on building deeper understanding of the underpinnings of the intense manifestations of conflicts between pastoralists (herders) and farmers in Nigeria through the lenses of climate change, land and resource access and ownership. The meeting was attended by stakeholders in the sector and included pastoralists, farmers, government officials, diplomatic community, community people, members of civil society and the media.

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Unpacking Re-Source Democracy

Progress has been measured by how much humans are able to transform Nature and increasingly this has been seen to be directly related to how exploitative of Nature and how polluting a nation or corporate entity can be. Clearly, the environmental crises confronting the world is inseparable from the economic crisis.

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Re-Source Democracy, Peace and Disarmament

Women play critical roles in peace and conflict resolution at local, national and international levels. At the same time, women have been the unfortunate victims of crises arising from political and environmental wars. Collaborating with the Centre for Conflict and Gender Studies, University of Port Harcourt, we marked 2017 International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament with a background interrogation of the how the concept of Re-Source Democracy could be used in conflict resolution and especially in urging elimination of the abuse of nature’s gifts to humankind. The day was also used to recognise some women who have been outstanding amazons in conflict resolution.

Environmental Stewards or Prodigals?

An inheritance can be wasted, squandered, damaged, diminished or destroyed. In the ideal situation, an inheritance should be held with a sense of stewardship, with the knowledge that it would be inherited by subsequent generations. This sense of stewardship includes the responsibility to bring about improvements on the inherited artefacts. Overall, the future of what is inherited depends mostly on the disposition of the inheritor. This is the person that decides whether to preserve and handover to the next generation or to squander and waste what was inherited... In our cultural worldview, when we say uwem edi imo (life is wealth), monetary consideration is not part of the equation. True wealth includes a sense of health, wellbeing, solidarity and happiness.

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HOME School #03 - Turmoil in Africa: Uprising or Chaos?

The third in the series of Health of Mother Earth's Sustainability Academy #03 (HOME School #03) is here!

Keeping with established traditions, HOME School #03 will be holding in three cities across Nigeria namely, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos. We will be kicking off in Abuja on Tuesday 20 May 2014. The session will hold from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Conference hall of Heinrich Boel Foundation, 3rd Floor Rukayyat Plaza, 93 Obafemi Awolowo Way, Jabi District, Abuja.

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HOME School #03 - Turmoil in Africa: Uprising or Chaos?

The third in the series of Health of Mother Earth's Sustainability Academy #03 (HOME School #03) is here!

Keeping with established traditions, HOME School #03 will be holding in three cities across Nigeria namely, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos. We will be kicking off in Abuja on Tuesday 20 May 2014.
The instigator for this session will be Dr Firoze Manji, Director of ThoughtWorks – a pan Africanist think tank based in South Africa.
More details about the event and registration are available here

Announcing Sustainability Academy (HS03)

"Turmoil in Africa: Uprising or Chaos?".
The third session of our multi-city Sustainability Academy holds 06-11 April 2014 in Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos. It is time for us to interrogate the various uprisings in Africa and make sense of the implication these have on our environment. The instigator for this third installment of the HOME School is Fironze Manji, founder of Fahamu Press and founding editor-in-chief of Pambazuka News.
You are welcome to register online and be part of the session in any of the locations.

Right Livelihood in the Laboratory of Life

"To destroy a people, you destroy their environment." This was a statement made by Celestine Akpobari, a participant at the recently concluded Roundtable on the UNEP Report held in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. A reflection on this statement helps an understanding of the basis of impunity as planned and intentional infractions against the planet and its people.

Right Livelihood College Campus Debuts in Nigeria

8th October, 2013 - Today, the Right Livelihood Award Foundation in Stockholm announced the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria to be the world’s fifth campus of the Right Livelihood College (RLC).
Committed to building knowledge and sharing practical solutions for a peaceful and sustainable world, the RLC is extending its reach to Africa’s most populous country. The new campus to be co-hosted by the University of Port Harcourt and the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), will be the second campus in Africa and the fifth in the world

HOME School #02 takes place in November

The second round of courses of the Sustainability Academy better known as HOME School #02) will be taking place from the 25th to the 30th of November. Riding upon the success of the HOME School #01, the theme will be "The African/Global Awakening and Implications for the Environment. The instigator for this round will be Kenyan born Firoze Manji, the founder of Fahamu Press and founding editor of Pambazuka News.

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