Wednesday December 16, 2020 / 12:00 p.m. / by Oando / Header image credit: @Oando Foundation
The Oando Foundation (OF), an independent charitable organization, has launched a project to promote environmental education and sustainable action for students in target schools and host communities in Lagos State with the support of Sumitomo Chemical, a Japanese chemical company.
The project labeled ‘Let’s clean up our world ‘ (COW), aims to promote environmental education and responsibility by raising awareness and empowering children and teachers of 7 public primary schools and their host communities with knowledge of plastic recycling and waste management, while encouraging the adoption of environmentally friendly lifestyles. Beneficiary schools and communities include: Dele Ajomale (I-IV) Ilasamaja School Complex, Metropolitan Primary School, Orile-Iganmu, Olisa Primary School, and Methodist Primary School, Mushin.
Nigeria is estimated to generate over 32 million tonnes of solid waste per year, over 30% of which is plastic. There is an increase in flooding in cities during the rainy season due to clogged drainage systems, directly attributable to poor waste disposal techniques. Education is a critical part of the global response to environmental sustainability. It helps young people understand and solve environmental problems, encourages changes in attitude and behavior, and helps them adapt to trends related to climate change. When environmental education is integrated into the curriculum, students are more enthusiastic and engaged in learning, which improves learner outcomes in core academic areas. Awareness of recycling, environmental responsibility and sustainability will help explain, inform, motivate, persuade and encourage beneficiaries in target schools and communities to adopt the behavior changes necessary for long-term impact.
In Lagos State, as part of its signature program, Adopt-A-School Initiative (AASI), the Oando Foundation adopted 8 public primary schools, built and renovated 36 classroom units, provided furniture, sanitary facilities, created 3 solar-powered digital learning centers. , trained more than 100 teachers in basic knowledge and modern pedagogical skills, strengthened the capacity of quality assurance officers in education management information systems, provided scholarships to 155 students to support their secondary education and distributed over 3,000 learning and teaching materials to teachers and students in these adopted schools.
According to Adekanla Adegoke, director of the Oando Foundation, “The Foundation’s partnership with Sumitomo Chemical over the years has been geared towards improving digital literacy in public primary schools through the establishment of 6 solar powered digital learning centers across Nigeria. The COW Project marks a positive expansion of our work together and our commitment to design and implement multidimensional educational interventions.We believe that learning transcends the classroom, encouraging environmental education through the COW Project help students understand how their decisions and actions affect the environment, acquire the knowledge and skills to solve complex environmental problems, explore different actions to keep our environment healthy and sustainable for the future. Not COW only provides experiential learning opportunities outside of the classroom allowing students to connect and apply their learning in the real world, it also encourages the development of necessary critical and creative thinking skills. to improve overall learner outcomes. We are working closely with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and relevant education agencies to implement the project in 7 schools and 3 communities in Lagos State. ”
Tomoyuki Hirayama, General Manager of General Affairs Department, Sumitomo Chemical added “Sumitomo Chemical’s education support program for Africa began with the development of the Olyset mosquito net, a long-lasting insecticidal net that helps prevent the spread of malaria. We believe that improving the educational environment is also crucial for Africa to achieve self-sustaining economic development, and have thus been engaged with various partners in supporting schools since 2005.
In the period up to April 30, 2020, 29 projects were completed in 12 countries, benefiting more than 29,000 people. We are delighted that our partnership with the Oando Foundation has brought this new plastic recycling and waste management initiative, as we define the contribution to the development of a circular system for plastics as one of our priority issues and of materials management “.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Sumitomo Chemical is one of Japan’s leading chemical companies, offering a diverse product line globally in petrochemicals, energy and functional materials, chemicals related to information technology, health and plant protection products and pharmaceuticals. The company’s consolidated net sales for fiscal 2019 were approximately 2.2 trillion yen and it has approximately 34,000 employees.
The Oando Foundation is committed to designing and implementing multidimensional educational interventions that support our schools, communities and the Nigerian government in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
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