The Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE) project in Kaduna State, with support from the World Bank, is teaching secondary school students the art of converting waste to wealth.
At the Climate Change Action Exhibition and Competition on Waste to Wealth, held in the state, Project Coordinator, Hajiya Maryam Dangaji, highlighted the AGILE project’s commitment to its “catch them young” strategy.
She said the aim is to foster environmental conservation advocates among the students, particularly schoolgirls, to combat climate change.
One of the project’s initiatives involves establishing Environment and Community Outreach (ECO) Clubs in secondary schools across the state’s three senatorial districts.
“The Eco Clubs aim to instill in students a culture of tree planting, love for the environment, and environmental protection. The students are trained to capitalise on the profitability of waste management by turning waste into wealth,” she said.
Hajiya Amina Buba, the National Project Coordinator for AGILE, praised the Kaduna AGILE Project Implementing Unit for promoting environmental protection and preservation among students.
To encourage the students to apply what they have learned and recognise their achievements, an exhibition and competition were organised.
Maurine Oyedoja, the AGILE Environmental Safeguard Officer, explained that the competition involved 42 schools and aimed to strengthen students’ interest in environmental conservation.
She emphasised the importance of students realising that they can contribute positively to the environment by producing valuable items through recycling waste.
The winners of the competition were announced, with Government Girls Secondary School, Maimuna Gwarzo emerging as the champions.
Government Secondary School, Kabala, Costain and Technical College, Malali secured the second and third positions, respectively.