Waste management is a social, economic, and environmental problem facing all African countries. For instance, Angola produces, on an annual basis, around 6.4 million tons of solid waste which either end up in a landfill or is indiscriminately disposed off. If the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development is to be achieved, sustainable waste management approaches must be an environmental and public health imperative urgent attention. Current reasons for the poor management of waste in Africa, include, amongst others, weak organizational structures, lack of appropriate skills, weak legislation, lack of enforcement, and low public awareness.
The Planning and Development Office (PDO) in Angola through Don Bosco Tech Africa’s Green TVET project has embarked on creating awareness on the sustainable management of waste in the Don Bosco TVET centres. The awareness campaign, conducted by the Awareness Team under the coordination of the Green Specialist, Ana Karina, is expected to highlight the significance of waste sorting/separation, the concept of waste hierarchy pyramid, circular economy and green and decent jobs in the waste sector. The Green TVET project is one of the projects within the Global Program funded by the German Government through Don Bosco Mondo.