LAWMA Academy has completed this year’s four-week summer school for students, during which over 100 students from various Lagos State schools were trained on effective waste management and good environmental practices at the Authority’s headquarters in Ijora-Olopa. The Lagos Waste Management Authority’s academic arm is that school.
Addressing the pupils, Managing Director/CEO of the Authority, Mr Ibrahim Odumboni, encouraged the young minds, to deploy the creative experiences they acquired during the period, to good uses in their homes, schools etc, having been trained in arts and crafts, among others.
He said “You can make use of the recyclables to make bins that you can place in your rooms when you get home. I equally want you to encourage your parents to procure their waste bins too, for proper containerization of waste. Let them know you are now environment ambassadors. Practice all you have learnt. Thank you all for participating”.
Earlier in her welcome address, the head of LAWMA Academy, Mrs Elizabeth Ademola, noted that the programme got more entries than last year, with both physical and virtual participation.
According to her, “It is a great improvement for us to have a large number of pupils between ages 8-13, participate in this year’s summer school. The idea is to ensure we achieve a generation that will be environment-conscious, as children are more receptive to messages like this, especially when it is fun and interactive. We have been able to improve on our chain of activities, the pupils were engaged in the tie and dye skills, and up-cycling projects, and they also visited recycling companies.
“During their training, the pupils learnt how to reproduce lovely items from recyclables such as plastic, cardboards, wood and Ankara fabrics. They were able to make flower vases; cups; shoe rack stacks; sitting stool; LAWMA Academy logo made with wool, plastic covers; wood; reed among others”, she stressed.
Certificates were presented by the LAWMA helmsman, assisted by the Executive Director, of Finance, Mr Kunle Adebiyi and the Financial Controller, Mrs Jemilat Adeniran.