Lagos, Nigeria: The educational arm of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) academy is organising the second edition of a four-week summer school for children on the tenets of effective waste management.
According to the organisers, the programme which debuted last year is meant for children between the ages of 8 – 13 and will be starting from today, August 1st to 26, at its headquarters, Ijora-Olopa.
The programme is aimed at educating pupils on effective waste management and environmental best practice and also helps groom children as responsible environmental advocates while providing other fun-filled activities to aid the learning process.
Speaking on the programme, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, said the summer school was put together to groom the younger generation on the need to imbibe a positive mindset and outlook on environmental issues, during the holiday period.
According to him, the programme is designed to educate children from a tender age on the concept of waste and environmental management, to raise ambassadors for a cleaner and healthier environment, with seasoned facilitators in a conducive learning environment.
Odumboni urged parents and guardians to use the opportunity presented by the long vacation in schools to enroll their children and wards for participation in the summer school, adding that children who could not participate physically, could connect online. www.lawmaacademy.com.
Also, the Team Lead of the Academy, Mrs. Elizabeth Ademola, said the summer school programme was structured to simplify the concepts of waste and environmental management to children, to ensure that every child had sufficient and holistic knowledge of issues bordering on environmental sustainability.
“Being an educative/social forum, we have designed various activities such as classroom lessons, quiz competitions, essay competitions, debates, indoor and outdoor games, impromptu speeches, excursions, video games, culinary classes, field trips and excursions, research and experiments on waste management, career talks and lots more,” she said.
The LAWMA educational arm was recently awarded as, “The best in the promotion of environmental education to youths and students in the state”, at the 3rd edition of Lagos Waste Forum Sustainability Award, organised by Statewide Waste and Environmental Education Programme (SWEEP) Foundation, at the University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba.