‘Youth Go green flags off 50 Youths with skills in waster recycling’

‘Youth Go green flags off 50 Youths with skills in waster recycling’

The CEO Youth Go Green Edwin Muhumuza says the organization is now focused on engaging young people on how they can benefit from waste as a solution to climate change.

According to Muhumuza, there are schools that still use firewood in different parts of the country an indicator that shows the need to scale out these projects in different cities across Uganda.

The Youth Go Green organization which is also an umbrella of young people making an intervention on climate change together with GIZ flagged off 50 youth from Kampala and Gulu that have been empowered and mentored on proper disposal of masks, recycling of waste and also benefiting from waste as per their slogan ‘’Waste is Wealth’’.

We have completed the first phase of capacity skills training and we have issued certificates to these Youth Champions but we are also working closer with our partners to equip them with tools such that they benefit from their skills’ he added emphasizing that the startup capital is crucial if they are to achieve their long term goals.

The Youth Member of Parliament for Northern region Hon. Boniface Okot who also attended the event said that the knowledge gained by these champions is to help them in dealing with an existential crisis (Climate Change) and his expectation is to see them enhancing the acquired skills in managing waste to other youth out there.

‘’The skills gained by these champions is not only transferring them to the money economy but to also promote public health since they have extensively learned about the prevention of covid19’’ he added urging them to inspire others through peer trainings.

The GIZ Country coordinator Ms. Anna Pamberg who was also the representative of the National Resource Research Program funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation Development of Germany at the event, handed over certificates to the champions and said that working together with the youth has helped them to empower them and see them as change agents in containing the spread of covid19 and also contributing to effective waste management.

‘’My expectations is that these trained champions will go out there as change makers to inspire communities hence building a better future for all of us’’ Anna added emphasizing that with the population of the youth in Uganda today being the highest, these have a great potential in contributing to a more sustainable future.