Nestlé Nigeria has launched a sustainability training for kids to teach the younger generation a more sustainable approach to managing and recycling waste in a bid to instil responsible behaviours to enable them to become better stewards of our planet.
The training, which is being implemented in collaboration with the International Climate Change Development Initiative (ICCDI), was launched under the Nestlé for Healthier Kids (N4HK) programme. The training supports the company’s vision to ensure that none of its packaging, including plastics, ends up in landfill or as little, including in oceans, lakes or rivers and her commitment to protecting the planet for future generations.
Speaking at the opening session at Obafemi Owode, Ogun State, the Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager of Nestlé Nigeria PLC, Victoria Uwadoka, said: “Children must take an active part in ensuring a more sustainable approach to waste, and we are happy to help to prepare them for this important role. The Sustainability Training for Kids is specially designed to help children inculcate the right habits at an early age. We believe that the engaging, informative, yet fun-filled approach will motivate them to care about sustainability while encouraging them to share the same passion with their families and friends.”
Olumide Idowu, founder of ICCDI, said: “We have a lot to learn about waste management and recycling to make the environment much safer. This is not just for us, but the future generations. This is why this training is important to encourage children to do their part to save our planet.”
Also speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary, Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mr. Olaleye Kuye, said: “Our collaboration with Nestlé Nigeria PLC, has been mutually beneficial. I recall with special interest your interventions in the educational sector in Ogun State, especially through the Nestlé for Healthier Kids project which has contributed immensely to the wellbeing of our learners. Also, your intervention in the provision of toilet facilities and potable water for schools and communities is second to none and well appreciated.
“Today’s programme, therefore, provides yet another opportunity for all of us, especially our learners, to learn new things about our environment, especially human activities that impact negatively on the environment as well as positive actions and attitudes towards improving the state of our environment.”
The maiden edition of the Sustainability Training for Kids which is being rolled out in Nestlé for Healthier Kids (N4HK) beneficiary schools will reach more than 150 Primary 5 children in St Paul’s Anglican School Obafemi Owode and Salvation Army Primary School 1, Agbara, both in Ogun State.