African Waste Academy
If we are to meet Africa’s capacity-building needs, there must be a coordinating unit. The African Waste Academy (AWA) will fulfil this role as an education facility with a strong focus on networking through education.
The AWA will focus on building capacity by providing education resources and programmes accommodating the needs and requirements of multiple sectors; targeting educators, learners, researchers, business people, industry experts and provincial and national government across Africa and other continents.
It is envisaged that an e-learning programme be provided by the academy, providing waste and sustainable waste-management education resources and materials, and awarding internationally recognised qualifications to participants from Africa and other continents.
In addition, training and skills development and transfer, guided by the Education Resource Book (ERB), will be coordinated through the academy by the educators, schools and adult community-based education programmes.
Through the academy, experts from anywhere in the world will be invited to share their skills and knowledge in Africa (via webinars or through physical lectures) and learners from Africa will be encouraged to go to other countries to work with the best experts available.
Educators, learners, researchers, business people, industry experts and provincial and national government from across the world will be given an online platform to ask questions, receive answers, share ideas and network on AWA online forums.
With a framework in place, through collaboration and networking, capacity in Africa will be developed creating a well-informed and skilled African society working together towards zero plastic to the seas of Africa by 2035.