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Education - Awareness-raising

Project YEPP (Youth Environmental Enpowerment Program)

Wastesmart gives training and equips public servants and young people in Nigeria's environment space with requisite skills, capacity to transform climate change threats into opportunities for growth and national development.

An initiative of Wastesmart

Overview of the project

In transforming environmental threats of climate change into opportunities for national development, one of Nigeria’s biggest challenges is harnessing its public service and its teeming youth population as part of the solution. Despite being responsible for implementation of government policies on climate change and the environment at large, many public servants lack the skills, up-to-date information about best-fit mitigation or adaptation measures, tools or technique. For example, today, only two-in-ten “environmental” public servants have access to relevant training/tools; this hinders effective implementation and translation of environmental policies into concrete, tangible, sustainable outcomes. On the hand, more than 50% of youths in Nigeria are either unemployed or underemployed. Yet, climate change poses significant threats to existing jobs, way of life and livelihoods, particularly in rural areas. Majority of Nigerian youths also lack the skills to transform the threats that climate change pose into opportunities. Research has shown that there is a direct link between access to quality training and resources, and environmental awareness, responsibility and sustainability. To bridge specific capacity gaps and provide robust, accessible platforms for idea-exchange, innovative design thinking and mentoring of young public servants, entrepreneurs and professionals in Nigeria’s environment space, and enable, sound science-policy interface, policy setting, formulation and implementation, we launched Project YEEP. Project YEEP is a consolidated 5-year public enlightenment and capacity building campaign dedicated to public servants and young people and that drives sustainability by using online mediums and SMS to connect disadvantaged environmental professionals in Nigeria to key policy materials, hands-on training, skills, resources and opportunities to meet the challenges of climate change. We also provide customized, hands-on training on waste management, waste-to-energy, digital skills, food waste prevention, food security, environmental entrepreneurship and public leadership.
Objective

To equip public servants and young people in Nigeria's environment space with requisite skills, capacity to transform climate change threats into opportunities for growth and national development.

Level of progress

Multi-site development

Project timeline

04/12/2017 - 12/3/2024

Quantitative results
Through our innovative training modules on waste management, waste-to-energy, digital skills, food waste prevention, food security, environmental entrepreneurship and public leadership, we have engaged over 2,500 environmental professionals, and have organized, facilitated, supported and/or participated in over 30 training, awareness and youth inclusion policy initiatives (on EPR, air quality, healthcare waste etc.).
Qualitative results
Awareness amongst our target audience has been on the increase. There has also been more interest and participation in our programs. At least, ten active environmental start-ups and initiatives have been floated by participants at our trainings.
Financing

Crowdfunding and partner organizations.

About the
organisation

Wastesmart

website
Idowu Kunlere
Co-founder
info@wastesmart.org
2348038381851
Wastesmart is a social innovation that inspires solutions that transform 'wastes' into opportunities for growth & national development. We are a non-profit, resource, support and capacity-building community platform focused on driving sustainability in Nigeria by democratizing access to key training, skills and resources, equipping them to harness the environmental threats like climate change, into opportunities for growth and national development.