Ecocykle Trains 100 Slum Children on Eco-brick production from waste

With a global problem of plastic pollution and a national unemployment rate of 4.2% (NBS,2023), it has become imperative to address these multiple challenges facing our society. To address these challenges however, a holistic approach that would consider the economic, social, and environmental aspects of the problem needs to be taken.

In line with the aforementioned, Ecocykle Development Foundation launched the Education and Recycling in Slum Project (OYA Recycle Project). This project aims to educate underprivileged children living in slums on the waste management solutions and socioeconomic value of waste management, hence inspiring creativity among young people and harnessing local talent to solve local environmental problems, while also creating a network of young people to promote sustainable environmental practices and raise an environmentally conscious society.

Photo of children taken during the OYA Recycle project educational sensitization

The training, which was held at Angwan Gwandara, Up market, Masaka, Karu LGA in Nasarawa state, empowered 100 children with the skills on the production of eco-bricks out of discarded plastic waste. Other community members were sensitized on the importance of environmental management to combat climate change, secure public health and foster green job creation.

Nafisat Mohammed, a community volunteer for the OYA Recycle project at Angwan Manja, highlighted that the training will be impactful to the community because the children will be able to find something to keep themselves busy while utilizing the skills that they had just acquired.

Mr. Aliyu Sadiq, founder of Ecocykle Development Foundation, speaking during the training, appreciated all the partners and sponsors of the project, particularly The Pollination Grant Project. He also stated that;

The education and recycling training particularly targets underprivileged children living in remote communities whom we hope to equip them with the skills needed to unlock their creativity to solve environmental problems affecting their communities and also create jobs for themselves.

Aliyu Sadiq, Project Lead
Photo during the hands-on training on eco-brick production from waste

Out-of-school children from every nook and cranny in the community as well as artisans, came out to witness the recycling of Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE) also known as “pure water sachets” into eco-bricks. During an interview with some participants, Fatima Muhammad, a 17-year-old beneficiary of the training stated

Through the training, I have learned how to recycle plastic waste and sand into useful items such as blocks

Nafisa Muhammad

The OYA Recycle Project has trained about 150 people in two communities and will be training over 1000 young people in Nigeria.

Written by Joshua Imoikor