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Oando Foundation to Extend Environmental Education to 54 Public Primary Schools in Lagos

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Kehinde Adeleye

 

 

Oando Foundation, an independent charity that supports the Nigerian government’s Universal Basic Education goal, has launched the fourth phase of its Clean Our World project (COW IV) in Lagos. This phase will reach 54 public primary schools in 25 communities, emphasizing environmental education, sustainability, and community development.

 

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In this new phase, COW IV aims to enhance teachers’ capabilities, distribute educational materials, and conduct climate action activities within schools to lay the groundwork for a cleaner and more sustainable future. With strong government involvement, the project ensures consistent and high-quality delivery of environmental education in schools throughout Lagos State.

 

“Environmental education plays a crucial role in equipping students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to address complex environmental challenges. As we confront these challenges, investing in environmental education becomes imperative for building resilient communities and securing a sustainable future for all. We are excited to commence the implementation of Clean Our World Phase IV, which will empower teachers, engage students, and foster a culture of environmental stewardship and citizenship, ” said Mrs. Adekanla Adegoke, Head of Oando Foundation.

 

The Clean Our World project has expanded over time, partnering with Sumitomo Chemical to educate schools and communities in Lagos on environmental education and waste management practices, such as recycling. From starting with seven schools in three communities to now reaching 54 schools in 25 communities, the project has been instrumental in promoting environmental awareness and recycling practices.

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Through collaboration with the local government and strategic partners like GreenHub Africa Foundation, Oando Foundation’s COW IV ensures lasting impact and fosters environmental awareness and action. The project has received technical support and coordination from Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board to align with educational priorities and policies.

 

To further its environmental education efforts, Oando Foundation plans to extend the Clean Our World project to communities outside Lagos, starting with Plateau state, impacting over 6,000 beneficiaries in 20 public primary schools. Activities will include establishing green clubs, training teachers and students, and engaging in gardening, upcycling, and recycling initiatives.

 

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The Foundation remains committed to advocating for environmental education’s inclusion in public primary schools nationwide, consistently engaging with stakeholders and policymakers to standardize these lessons.

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