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Oando Foundation Expands Environmental Education Reach in Nigeria

Oando Foundation

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

About 54 public primary schools in 25 communities have benefitted from the Clean Our World (COW) project of the Oando Foundation, which enters its fourth phase.

The programme is an independent charity of the leading Nigerian energy company established to support the Nigerian government in achieving its Universal Basic Education goal, affirming the organisation’s commitment to environmental education, sustainability, and community development.

According to the Head of the Oando Foundation, Mrs Adekanla Adegoke, “Environmental education plays a crucial role in equipping students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to address complex environmental challenges.”

“As we confront these challenges, investing in environmental education becomes imperative for building resilient communities and securing a sustainable future for all.

“We are excited to commence the implementation of Clean Our World Phase IV, which will empower teachers, engage students, and foster a culture of environmental stewardship and citizenship,” she added.

Building on the success of the previous phases, COW phase IV focuses on standardized lesson delivery through wide-scale capacity building for teachers, deployment of environmental educational materials, and various in-school climate action activities, laying the foundation for a cleaner, greener future.

With active government participation, this cycle of the project ensures uniform, consistent, and high-quality delivery of environmental education in schools across Lagos State.

Through robust government participation and strategic partnerships, the Oando Foundation has ensured sustainable impact and created a legacy of environmental awareness and action.

Since its inception, the Clean Our World project has evolved and expanded, reaching more communities and schools.

In collaboration with Sumitomo Chemical, a leading Japanese chemical company, the Oando Foundation has enlightened various schools and communities in Lagos State about environmental education and sustainable waste management practices such as recycling.

From reaching seven schools in three communities in COW phase 1, 12 schools in five communities during the second phase, and 24 schools in 10 communities for the third phase, the project has demonstrated its effectiveness in promoting environmental education, sanitation, and recycling.