Despite being one of the early developed states in Nigeria, Oyo state, especially Ibadan, battles the problem of waste management. On the street and in drainage systems, it is common to find wastes sporadically and indiscriminately dumped. This poses great risks to both human and environmental health. One of the ways of addressing this is through proper waste management education. It was against this backdrop that CleanEdge Solution designed a state-wide environmental campaign to instil a sense of respect for the environment in secondary school students. The CleanEdge Team went to Methodist High School, Ojunrin, Bodija Ibadan on October 4, 2017 for a pilot campaign on environmental education. Having successfully interacted with the students and donated some sanitation kits to the school, the main campaign began on October 17 and ended November 30, 2017.
The project reached about 60 secondary schools, more than 20,000 students in about 12 local governments. Part of the local government covered was Ibadan North, Akinyele, Ido, Oyo West, Ibadan North East and many more
CleanEdge Solution was able to achieve this through their network of over 60 volunteers. The volunteers have in turn benefited has many have been considered for Barack Obama’s Young Africa Leaders Initiative (YALI), RLC, Accra Ghana while many other have been considered for several leadership and volunteering programs of which Women Deliver Conference is one.
The campaign which is set to be a continuous process impacted and transformed so many lives
SUMMIT TITLE: 1ST ANNUAL YOUTH SUMMIT ON ENVIRONMENT
Theme: Waste and Environmental Challenges: The Role of Young People In Providing Solutions
Prof. Oladele Osibanjo
This report summarizes proceedings of the first National Youth Summit on Environment which was conducted on the 10th of July, 2018 at CESDEV, 20 Awolowo Avenue, Old Bodija Ibadan, Oyo State. It was attended by a total of 180 participants comprising of young leaders from different parts of Nigeria. The main aim of the summit was to bring young people working towards addressing environmental challenges in Nigeria while building their network in the environmental space
The keynote address was given by Prof. Oladele Osibanjo on the role of young people in providing solutions to environmental challenges. He spoke about the power young people have in influencing political decisions, stating that it is important to ask politicians what their agenda is for the environment. He further mentioned that the action of CleanEdge Solution is timely as he emphasized the environmental challenges in Nigeria such as industrial pollution, chemical and oil pollution, flood and erosion, land degradation, weak environmental governance system, inadequate pollution control regulation and the impact it has on the health and environment. He said that waste is a valuable resource for the right place and also a valuable resource for the future. The speaker ended the address by encouraging the youth to act now and further stating that the environment is our legacy and we must not degrade it.
FIRST PANEL SESSION
Topic: Volunteerism in Environmental Space, Building a Research Career in Environmental Sector, Role of Volunteerism in Career Building
SECOND PANEL SESSION
Topic: Climate Smart Buildings, Tapping in Recycling Opportunities, Sustainable Agriculture, The Role of perseverance in Entrepreneurship and Tapping into Renewable Energy Opportunities.
KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE SUMMIT
SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT AND REACH
QUOTES AND FEEDBACK FROM PANELISTS AND PARTICIPANTS
From @taiwoadewole: It was great time speaking at the 1st National Youth Summit Environment organized by @Tpaeyne @CleanEdgeng in Ibadan. It was great opportunity for youths to tap into the waste recycling business and intiatives
From @aremuoropo: Glad to have participated and moderated a panel session today @CleanEdgeng’s Youth Summit on Environment today. Great people and quality engagement. Collaboration is the new competition.
From Chinonso Onwunali: The summit opened me up to diverse opportunities that can be tapped into. My take home from the summit will help me in starting up and creating a sustainable model for my social enterprise.