Recycling drive helps the young

2016-10-06 06:00
 Members of the Founders Educare in Makhaza .

Members of the Founders Educare in Makhaza .

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A group of young people who are part of a renewable energy project at Founders Edurace Centre in Makhaza have received the necessary skills to fight the effects of climate change through renewable energy and in so doing improve their community.

The training forms part of the Sustainable use of natural resources to improve resilience in South Africa: grassroots women’s initiative funded by the EU and implemented by Earthlife Africa JHB, GenderCC SA in partnership with Oxfam.

The project has installed biogas digesters, solar panels, water tanks and also produced food gardens in schools around Gauteng, Limpopo, and Western Cape.

The group of youths, many of whom are unemployed, learned about the effects of climate change and how renewable energy systems work. They are now able to feed and maintain the biogas digester.

Renewable energy is energy that comes from natural resources and costs less.

“The use of renewable energy is very crucial for our society as it has economic benefits, with the high increase of electricity tariffs it can help us to save electricity by using a biogas digester to cook instead of using an electric stove,” said Fikile Nhlabathi a 35-year-old Community Working Group member.

The biogas digester makes feeding the 316 learners at the school far cheaper and means they get hot nutritional meals. In this way, these youths make a positive contribution to their community.

“Youth development is very important for our country, government and other organisations need to invest in us so that we can also contribute in fighting the effects of climate change,” said Tsholofelo Williams community working group member.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring 15 July as World Youth Skills Day, which promotes skills development as a primary means of enabling young people to make a smooth transition to work. Over half of South Africans aged 15-34 years are unemployed according to Stats SA’s 2016 figures.

Most youths are unable to work, gain more skills and positively contribute to the country. Community working group members, in contrast, have learned useful skills and are able positively impact their communities.

This training is part of a series of training for the young people. In March this year, the group was trained on project management and leadership skills with a focus on enhancing the group’s understanding of leadership, community development, dealing with, and managing structural tension, management planning and participatory approach in community development.

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