HOMEF’s sustainable academy opens
THE fifth Sustainability Academy organised by Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) will take place today at Yar’Adua Centre, One Memorial Drive, CBD, Abuja.
The Sustainability Academy is a space for interactive sessions at which policy-makers, workers, civil society organizations (CSOs), academia and community people learn from each other and from thought leaders in various fields.
The topic to be discussed will be Health and the Extractive Sector Worker. Comrade Baba Aye, intellectual and labour/health unionist will be the guest lecturer. This is part of our Niger Delta environmental/community health advocacy campaign with a wider implication for overall extractive sector in Nigeria.
The Director of the foundation, Mr. Nnimmo Bassey explained that Sustainability Academy provides the fundamental vehicle for the attainment of the change HOMEF seeks to build. “The academy provides spaces for knowledge creation and sharing. Through this we work to eliminate ignorance and build self-reliance and confidence in the wisdom that has preserved and improved our environment over the millennia. The academy is not a physical structure, but rather fluid spaces for participatory learning.
“Through the academy HOMEF connects peoples and shares knowledge and ideas of what has worked or is working or would work. The space is vital for analyses and sharing of why and how communities are trained to acquiesce to exploitation, oppression and humiliation. The academy also helps to expose tokenistic actions to dull resistance and breed debilitating dependence. The Sustainability Academy is also a space for contest of ideas. The Sustainability Academy (HOME School) provides the space for our work on Fossil Fuels and Hunger Politics.”
Participants will include policy makers, labour union activists, health workers and community people. We believe that the issues to be discussed will help build solidarity in terms of vigilance in ensuring the health of our environment, communities and workers.