IYD teaches pupils on waste management

 

Integral Youth Development (IYD) a Jesuit project in the Jesuit Youth Office together with Environmental Management Agency (EMA), Ministry of Education, Sports, Arts and Culture and TeamUp2CleanUp recently embarked on a Joint Schools Initiative, a five day clean-up campaign from the 25th -29th of June 2018.

The program ran under the theme Sustainable Waste Management Schools Training and it focused on five primary schools in Mbare. The Joint Schools Initiative team engaged pupils on the importance of reducing consumption, recycling and re-using materials for environmental preservation using program guided scripts and mascots of popular comic characters.

Facilitators reinforced the 3 R's of waste management principles, reducing consumption and generation of waste and disease causing litter; recycling paper, plastic and other area-specific waste by-products, and reusing plastic and other materials.

The sustainable waste management training was conducted as a response to a need for a generation that has a culture of loving and looking after the environment. The Joint Schools Initiative targeted schools in this particular area because of the desperate situation of dumpsites that have led to diseases such as typhoid in this suburb.

IYD and their partners presented two skits, namely The Lazy Teacher which taught on waste separating at source and Litter Rascals which basically highlighted condemning littering. The pupils also had an opportunity to demonstrate how to correctly dispose waste in line with the new training received.

Due to the success of the five day campaign the JSI team will be taking their campaign to other schools as well. The campaign achieved the desired goal of knowledge impartation.

Looking at what IYD is doing amongst young people, we can surely say the team is running with this year’s theme: Year of the Young People and His Holiness Pope Francis encyclical letter Laudato Si which teaches the church the importance of a relationship on ecology, climate change and care for creation.

 By Nonhlanhla Ngwenya

 

 

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