PENHALONGA – A community based organization – Zivai Community Empowerment Trust (ZICET) – is targeting school children on waste management awareness programmes.
To kick-start the initiative, ZICET on Tuesday held a Waste Management Awareness workshop involving school pupils from St Augustine’s High school together with the Environmental Management Agency at the school premises.
In an interview with the Zimbabwe Morning Post on the sidelines of the workshop, the ZICET Programmes Manager Mildred Muzanechita said it was important to discuss waste management issues at grassroots level.
“Waste Management is a topical issue. So as ZICET we have found it vital to discuss these issues with the school children within the grassroots in order to raise awareness,” said Muzanechita.
“When the school children are made aware at their young age they will grow up knowing how important waste management is,” she said.
“We want the pupils and surrounding members of the community to be environment ambassadors so that we maintain and be conscious of a clean environment,” Muzanechita explained.
Vimbai Mwandiambira from EMA said her organization looked out to the protection of the environment.
“Our vision is to have a safe, clean and healthy environment and this is what we expect at this school and our communities,” she said.
Mwandiambira said there were various ways of sustainable waste management.
“We therefore encourage the school and its community to put adequate bins within and around the school,” she said.
Mwandiambira recommended the school authorities to talk about waste management at school assembly at all times to buttress the essence of a clean and safe environment.
“The school must make it a policy that the pupils pick and not throw away litter everywhere,” said Mwandiambira.
She said schools must have monthly competitions for the tidiest classroom every month.
“We are also encouraging school children at boarding schools to have a Clean Plate Policy where they request food that can finish to avoid left overs,” she said.
ZICET donated three tipping bins to St Augustine’s Mission school.