The much-anticipated Recycle Up! Ghana initiative will launch the 2016 edition of its annual summer camps on Saturday, 4th June 2016 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.
The Recycle Up! Ghana 2016 launch will be held at the Impact Hub, Accra-Ghana. The theme for the launch is Creating sustainable local solutions to the waste problems in Ghana.
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Over the past two years the Recycle Up! Ghana summer camps have been held in Kumasi and Cape Coast, with Kumasi hosting the first ever Recycle Up! Ghana in 2014. Last year two parallel summer camps were organised in both Kumasi and Cape Coast. This year, there is going to be Three summer camps running simultaneously in Kumasi, Cape Coast and Accra.
The initiative is a project implemented By Technology without Borders Ghana a non-profit organisation with a mother organisation in Germany. Recycle Up! Ghana seeks to create local solutions to the waste management problems in Ghana by empowering young students to become change makers. The initiative consists of a two-week summers where 30 Senior high School students from different schools are camped for 10 days. During these ten days, the students are taught proper waste management, brainstorming, leadership skills, communication skills, presentation and other relevant soft skills. The students are also taken out to experience the waste problems facing the local communities and develop a local solution to tackle the problem. Finally, the students form groups and are assigned mentors to guide them sharpen their already developed ideas before they present their solution at the Grand finale. Two winners are selected for seed funding to implement their projects.
After the camp, all participants (Recycle Up! Ambassadors) go back to their schools to implement a waste segregation and recycling project called Recycle Up! Your School throughout the year.