Don Bosco TVET Centres in Africa-Madagascar region commemorated this year’s Africa Environment Day and Wangari Maathai Day, whose domesticated theme was “Think Green, Live Green.” There was an inauguration ceremony for Green Clubs with talks on environmental awareness culminating in a Cleanup Drive.
The launch of Green Clubs in all participating Centres was envisioned by the Global Programme of Don Bosco Tech Africa under the Green TVET Pillar. Through these Green Clubs, students in Don Bosco TVET centres will be equipped with knowledge and skills in Green Waste Management, Water and Water Waste Management, Biogas and Solar.
The Africa Environment Day, an annual event commemorated on March 3, was established by the Organization of African Unity in 2002 as a way of raising awareness of the pressing environmental challenges facing the African continent.
Since 2012, the event has been celebrated in conjunction with Wangari Maathai Day, in order to pay tribute to the late Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wangari Maathai, for her green legacy of Promoting Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Development in Africa.
In AFW Province, Nigeria Delegation, there was an official inauguration of Don Bosco Green Club, Onitsha by the Rector of the Community, Rev. Fr. Matthew Adetiloye, Sdb. In attendance were the General Manager of Anambra State Waste Management Agency (ASWAMA), Loretta Chinelo, and the National Job Service Officer, Mr Etukakpan Cletus Linus, who were among the speakers addressing the students and staff. The Centre also undertook a general Cleanup Drive.
Members of the Don Bosco TVET Centre – Buterere, AGL Province in Burundi participated in the Cleanup Drive covering a distance of over 2 km in and outside the Center. Buterere, located in the outskirts of the capital Bujumbura, is annually affected by floods. This was a platform for participants to enlighten neighboring communities to proactively engage in protecting the environment, while exploring various ways to control the situation. The Green Clubs in the region will prioritize on tree planting and biodegradable packaging in their activities.
The AFE Province had simultaneous cleanup events in Don Bosco Boys Town Technical Institute, Don Bosco Technical Institute – Makuyu and Don Bosco Technical School – Embu. The same activities were undertaken in the MDG Province, Centre de Formation Professionnelle Don Bosco Antanimasaja and Centre de Formation Professionnelle Don Bosco, Tuléar (Madagascar.)
Six Centres in the ANG Province, Angola, celebrated the day through the cleanup exercise. The centres were: Centro de Formação Profissional Dom Bosco do Dondo, Kwanza Norte; Centro de Formação Profissional Dom Bosco Mabubas, Luanda; Centro de Formação Profissional Dom Bosco Mota , Luanda; Centro de Formação Profissional Dom Bosco de Lwena; Centro de Formação Profissional Dom Bosco Benguela; and Centro de Formação Profissional Dom Bosco de N’Dalatando.