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PROJECT PROPOSAL The Primrose Project: Taking it to the Class Petals Sustainability Drive Grooming Youths for a Sustainable Future Care + Research October, 2016
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Foreword Participating in the Ethical Circular Economy (CE) workshop in April, 2016 was an eye opener for me. Arizona State University and Sustainability School Lagos did a great job in bringing CE to us at a time when current systems (food, energy, transportation, manufacturing, water management and sanitation systems) in the country are failing and there is an obvious need for innovative thinking and redesign. During the workshop, I was challenged to research deeply into my thematic area of energy. It exposed me to real challenges within that sector and I got to listen to others give presentations on the challenges in other sectors as well. It was amazing how ignorant I was of the barriers, causes of challenges and opportunities inherent in my environment in a sector I thought I knew. The mode of learning was also quite different. We learnt through active participation in research and team work. This made me start thinking about our Nigerian conventional mode of education and how to close the gap in applicability to the industry which everyone agrees is a major issue. Having participated in organizing several events in the university including the Engineering Project, Research and Debate Competition, Exposé, in 2011(my final year) which was not only a tremendous success but also a pioneering event that set the pace for other faculties to follow, I have the privilege of knowing exactly how much talent and creativity students can exhibit once encouraged. Among the projects that were displayed at the event were wireless electricity, solar refrigerator and biometric attendance. Educating students on sustainability challenges and opportunities would help to increase their sense of responsibility as citizens and channel their excess energy and time towards designing solutions. It will also equip the students with innovative and problem solving skills which are needed in the industry. Hopefully, this will eventually reduce the rate of unemployment in the country and equip some with the necessary skills to launch into entrepreneurship. I decided that there was a need to take sustainability education to our youths thereby giving them a chance to participate as major change makers in the transition to a sustainable Nigeria. During the Circular Economy workshop, there was a lot of emphasis on entrepreneurship and job creation. I did some research on social entrepreneurship and in May, Petals Sustainability Drive was born. I shared my vision with another participant at the workshop, Mariam Bello and an expert in clean energy, Chimaobi Nna and I feel humbled that they totally bought into the idea.
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