At its inception, this project focused on 20 schools using an approach described as, “Active Learner's Parliament,” where the teachers are trained in the Active Teaching and Learning method. In January 2023, the successful project has expanded to include 40 more schools, across 10 diocese, for a 2 year period. These ECO-Star committees (teachers, students and community members) are trained in agro-forestry and vegetable gardens, livestock management (poultry, pigs, and goat keeping), and the establishment of “micro projects” for both community-wide learning and income.
In January 2023, the successful project expanded to include 40 more schools, across 10 diocese, for a 2 year period. The participants will include 48,000 learners, teachers and community participants. The project's motto is “ECO tree does not die.” If a tree dies, the school has to replant immediately. Each school is asked to plant 1000 trees. The new goal is 40,000 growing trees by 2025.