LAWMA Academy, the educational arm of Lagos Waste Management Authority,
has organised a four-week summer school, for children aged 8 to 12, with
the aim of teaching the younger generation the fundamentals of effective
waste management. The four-week programme began on 31st July 31, 2023,
at the Authority’s headquarters, Ijora-Olopa.
Commenting on the program, the managing director/CEO of LAWMA, Dr.
Muyiwa Gbadegesin, noted that the summer school was organised to educate
the younger generation, on the need to imbibe the culture of proper
waste management, to teach arts and crafts, upcycling, as well as expose
them to indoor and outdoor sports, field trips, among other activities.
He said, “The Summer School programme is designed to educate children
from the tender age on the concept of waste management and environmental
sanitation, raising ambassadors for a cleaner and healthier environment
with seasoned facilitators in a conducive learning environment. This
will serve to train youngsters as conscientious environmental activists
while also providing other enjoyable learning opportunities.”
Dr. Gbadegesin advised parents and guardians to always take advantage of
the extended school holiday to enroll their children and wards in the
summer school, adding that those who could not participate physically
could join online.
The Academy’s team lead, Mrs. Elizabeth Ademola, noted that it was the
third edition of the programme, adding that the summer school was
designed to simplify the concept of waste and environmental management
for children, to ensure that each child had sufficient and holistic
knowledge of environmental sustainability practices.
Since inception, hundreds of pupils in the state have benefited from the
LAWMA Academy’s summer school, acquiring essential waste management and
environmental knowledge in the process.