Students design waste management models

18 Nov, 2022 - 00:11 0 Views
Students design waste management models


Peter Tanyanyiwa  Suburban Reporter

UNIVERSITY students have designed waste management models which might help Zimbabwean local authorities improve their management of waste.

Most urban and rural district councils are presently struggling to manage waste within their cities, towns and growth points.

The students will be showcasing their designs, which also include recycling and creating employment, on Friday November 18, 2022. 

Delta Corporation in collaboration with the BOOST Fellowship have organised a social innovation competition dubbed “Delta- BOOST Social Responsibility Programme, Make A Difference” to encourage university students to design business solutions which address community needs.

The competition calls on young innovators from Zimbabwe’s tertiary institutions to design business solutions that respond to their community needs and aims at empowering young people by providing them with a platform to utilise their skills and ideas to support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Zimbabwe. 

Students were tasked to implement profitable waste management models that promote a clean and safe society for all while empowering livelihoods in the process. 

BOOST is an acronym for “Building Opportunities On Student Talent”. It is a programme for university students who are keen on leadership, entrepreneurship and community development. 

It promotes experiential learning by offering practical skills, which complement the classroom experience. 

BOOST Fellowship and Delta are committed to the cause of a cleaner world through recycling and sustainable waste management. 

The competition is an essential component of Delta Corporation Limited/Enactus long standing partnership. 

The official showcase will be held at Manna Resort where the teams will demonstrate their impact. As part of the event an anti-litter awareness march will be held in the morning in the central business district together with exhibitions by the teams and their project participants, as well as business pitches to judges who shall decide which projects are worth investing in. A total of US$20 000 investment grants will be up for grabs for teams who demonstrate scalability and profitability.

The 2022 programme was launched in Harare in February with a workshop where students and university mentors were trained in business and sustainable environmental management practices to equip them with necessary skills to implement their initiatives in their local communities. 

Since the launch, the teams have been running environmental awareness campaigns and have established businesses running for the past year. 

In a statement, Delta pledged to continue demonstrating its commitment to corporate social responsibility as it rolls out sustainable community development programmes nationwide. 

“This year Delta Corporation Limited has continued with its partnership with The BOOST Fellowship through the programme that has a presence in 13 tertiary institutions in the country. 

‘‘The programme seeks to address challenges associated with waste in communities through innovative and profitable waste management practices that generate income and create employment for youth and women which are key developmental target groups,” said Delta. 

The competition nurtures and shapes talented students who have a mind for business and a heart for the world. It aims to contribute to Delta in partnership with Limited Sustainable Development imperatives for a cleaner world while contributing to the SDGs framework in particular goals 5,8,11 and 12.

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