Launching of “Ma Bassaa” campaign by TM CIP at “Muraka Meehun” festival

On 5th August 2016, Transparency Maldives’ team participated in the “Muraka Meehun” festival organised by IUCN Maldives, held in Hulhumale’ Central Park from 4 to 6pm. The theme of the festival was “interdependency between human population and coral reefs”.

During this event TM’s Climate Integrity Project team launched their “Ma Bassaa” campaign which promotes inclusive governance. As part of the launch, the public signed a pledge:

“I pledge to do my part in making Maldives more climate resilient. I will do my best to educate myself and my peers on climate change and good governance. I will do my best to monitor socioeconomic projects and advocate for transparency, integrity and accountability of the climate funds.”

Alongside the pledge was a polaroid frame with the text “Tharageega ma bassaa” for people to take pictures with to be used during campaign advocacy.

Information leaflets about climate change, climate governance and TM’s Climate Integrity Project were disseminated to the public.

Other activities included a word search which contained words related to climate change, climate finance governance, adaptation, mitigation and climate change related development projects.

The rest of the activities at the stall focused on children, such as the most popular of the activities which was “Eels and Ladders”. This game was inspired by the game “Snake and Ladders”. The game provided and fun learning opportunity as tiles with bad habits (related to the environment) forces you to slide down the eels to lower tiles while landing on tiles with good habits such as recycling, allows you to climb up ladders to higher tiles.

Other activities included a word search which contained words related to climate change, climate finance governance, adaptation, mitigation and climate change related development projects.

The “Pin the diver on the reef” was inspired by “pin the tail on the donkey”. Another popular activity was the colouring corner where children coloured drawings with eco-tips and a simpler drawing with the message “Love the Earth”

Over 300 people visited the stall and participated in activities.

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