Oando Foundation’s Clean Our World Project Reaches 47,000+ Beneficiaries
…expands environmental education reach in Nigeria By Olushola Okunlade Oando Foundation, an independent charity established to support the Nigerian government in achieving its Universal Basic Education goal has commenced the fourth phase of its Clean Our World project (COW IV) in Lagos reaching 54 public primary schools in 25 communities. This milestone marks a significant step forward in the Foundation’s ongoing commitment to environmental education, sustainability, and community development. Building on the success of the previous phases, COW phase IV focuses on standardized lesson delivery through wide-scale capacity building for teachers, deployment of environmental educational materials, and various in-school climate action activities, laying the foundation for a cleaner, greener future. With active government participation, this cycle of the project ensures uniform, consistent, and high-quality delivery of environmental education in schools across 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. Since its inception, the Clean Our World project has evolved and expanded, reaching more communities and schools. In collaboration with Sumitomo Chemical, a leading Japanese chemical company, Oando Foundation has enlightened various schools and communities in Lagos State about environmental education and sustainable waste management practices such as recycling. From reaching seven schools in three communities in COW phase 1, twelve schools in five communities during the second phase, and twenty-four schools in ten communities for the third phase, the project has demonstrated its effectiveness in promoting environmental education, sanitation, and recycling. Through robust government participation and strategic partnerships, Oando Foundation through the COW phase IV has ensured sustainable impact and created a legacy of environmental awareness and action. Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB) provided technical support and coordination, ensuring the project’s alignment with local educational priorities and policies. GreenHub Africa Foundation also served as a trusted co-implementing partner, contributing to the successful implementation of COW IV. In furtherance of its commitment to promoting environmental education and sustainable action for pupils in target schools and their host communities, Oando Foundation is expanding the reach of Clean Our World project to other communities in Nigeria such as Plateau State. This expansion will impact over 6,000 direct beneficiaries in 20 public primary schools through targeted activities such as establishment of green clubs, training of teachers and education managers, deployment of the environmental education syllabus as well as engaging students in gardening, upcycling, and recycling activities. The Foundation continues to lead advocacy efforts and policy level engagements with key stakeholders for standardization and inclusion of environmental education lessons in public primary schools across the country.

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