DEVELOPING THE TRAINING AND EDUCATION NEEDED FOR AN INCREASINGLY ENVIRONMENTALLY REGULATED AFRICA
The United Kingdom (UK) has recognized E-waste as a global environmental problem and has taken steps to assist the developing countries of Africa in tackling the problem using Nigeria as a pilot study.Consequently, The Basel Convention Coordinating Center for Training and Technology Transfer for theAfrican Region (BCCC-Africa) partnered with the Center for Waste Management, University of Northampton, United Kingdom with sponsorship from The British Council, United Kingdom on a project to develop educational and training materials for the informal electronics recycling sector in Nigeria. The first capacity building workshop was held for the informal sector on environmentally sound management of E-waste in June 15th June 2010, in Lagos, Nigeria. A follow up Workshop took place during 20th - 21st July 2010 at the same venue. The second Workshop was a practical hands-on training aimed at equipping the informal sector on how to safely dismantle electrical and electronic equipment. A Professor of Business from Northampton University was present and he shared experiences on growing small and medium enterprises in the UK.
Participants at the workshops were from EEE Technicians, E-waste Recyclers, E-waste Scavengers and EEE Traders including their various associations, Federal Ministry of Environment,National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Lagos state Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), the or iginal equipment manufacturers (OEMs) represented by HP and international recyclers represented by Reclaimed Appliances Company United Kingdom. The following trade associations were well represented; National Association of Refrigeration Air-conditioning Practitioners (NARAP);Importers association, Alaba International Market; Alaba market international traders; National Electronic Technical Association of Nigeria (NETAN); Computer village traders association (CAPDAN) are some of the associations in this sector involved in the project.
Specifically the following trade associations participated in the workshop: National Association of Refrigeration Air-conditioning Practitioners (NARAP), Importers Association, Alaba International Market, Alaba market international traders, National Electronic Technical Association of Nigeria (NETAN), Computer village traders association (CAPDAN). Altogether over 100 participants each time took part in the workshops.
The project outcome included: Development of a curriculum on waste management education including entrepreneurship in waste management; Manpower and capacity development in the University of lbadan and the informal sector in Nigeria; Workshops in Sustainable Wastes Management; Employment opportunities for unemployed youths in Nigeria and Exchange of best practice between UK and Nigerian staff and students.