In the wake of climate emergency, prevention, mitigation and its adaptation practices have become the most preferred options globally. Many countries and institutions are embracing green infrastructure and systems, among other sustainability programmes for the preservation of depleting environmental resources.
Don Bosco Tech Africa (DBTA), through its Green TVET Pillar of the Global Programme has been championing green initiatives to combat the prevailing climate crisis by investing in water and wastewater management, planting indigenous and fruit trees, and renewable energy initiatives such as biogas, solar energy and waste management. This project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) Germany through Don Bosco Mondo, Bonn.
In a pilot programme, DBTA in collaboration with the respective Salesian TVET Centre Management are in the process of establishing two centres of excellence at John Bosco Institute of Technology Obosi (Near Onitsha), Nigeria and Don Bosco TVET Centre – Buterere in Bujumbura, Burundi to provide best practices, research, support and training with a focus on green initiatives. The centres will also boost the economic development of the two countries in alternative energy, environmental quality and biodiversity conservation.
According to UNICEF (The Climate Crisis 2020), Climate change and environmental degradation are contributing to displacement and migration, with Sub-Saharan Africa recording 86 million internal climate migrants. Recent years have seen serious climate-related crises including the severe ongoing crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa, Tropical Cyclone Idai and Tropical Cyclone Kenneth (the strongest storm to ever hit Africa) in 2019, and the worst outbreak for decades of swarms of desert locusts across East Africa in 2020.
Thus, the pilot centres of excellence in the DBTA Network will not only act as models of environmental sustainability, but also foster a holistic approach to combat climate crisis.