Firm trains kids on Waste-to-Wealth, recycling
To mark the 2019 Global Sustainability Week, employees of Dangote Group have flagged off a Waste-to-Wealth Initiative to create sustainable environment, generate revenues from environmental waste, and also give back to host communities.
In Lagos, over 200 sustainability champions and employee/volunteers across business units, assisted five international facilitators to train children on turning the most insignificant materials and waste in the environment into tangible assets of economic value to the nation.
At St. George Primary School and Aunty Ayo International School, Ikoyi, the facilitators trained the children on how to manage their waste and create sustainable products that are marketable from their everyday waste.
Speaking on the initiative, the Group Chief Sustainability and Governance Officer, Dangote Industries Limited, Dr. Ndidi Nnoli, said the company’s sustainability approach was driven by a desire to contribute and impact positively on the development of host communities and the society at large.
According to her, the 2019 Sustainability Week is directed towards safeguarding the environment by educating host communities on how to turn waste to wealth in order to achieve sustainable development.
She said: “It is so important that we bring the initiative to the schools around us because we need to be very concerned about our children, their future, and most especially, education outside the classroom. We need to be concerned about educating our children on sustainability beyond the definition.”
Nnoli disclosed that the company brought international artistes to educate the employees that the type of waste that can easily be thrown into the trash can, could be transformed into usable items.
“We have people making bangles and pencil cases out of waste plastics. We also have literacy session, mentoring and above all, learn about the importance of longing for knowledge.”
Group Chief Human Resources Officer, Dangote Cement Plc, Dr. Musa Rabiu, said the company organised the programme to touch the hearts and minds of children, who are the next generation by teaching them how to re-use trash.
Rabiu said the initiative was all about reigniting children’s creative ability through innovation by leveraging on technology.