Environmental Learning Centre for sustainable development

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BY LYNTON AARON FILIA

Group photo of officials from HCC and JICA in front of the storage facility at the Ranadi Landfill

HONIARA City Council has received a new storage of environmental learning Centre for waste management for sustainable community development from JICA yesterday.

The Centre was located at the Ranadi Landfill. It is an initiative from the Learning and Ecological Activities Foundation for Children (LEAF), a project under the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The establishment of the learning Centre is basically for waste management at Ranadi Landfill, compost at SINU and Nature Environment at the National Herbarium.

Furthermore, the Centre will also be opened for schools around Honiara. This is to assist them in their studies in environment as well as for their research and other source of learning.

Deputy Mayor Eddie Ngava says the importance of this learning Centre is that it focuses on education where children and youths can learn about looking after the environment and how to manage waste.

“If we look at the households in town, a lot of litter come from children and youths because of ignorance”, Ngava said.

“But with the initiative from LEAF, this should pave the way in educating our young ones in waste management”, he said.

Ngava said the learning Centre is the foundation where children will learn about waste management and littering.

He said such a project has paved the way forward for HCC to be at par in managing litter in the City although there are many challenges ahead.

Ngava said the project is adequate for HCC in the long run. At this implementation stage, children and youths will be much educated in managing waste.

The occasion brought together leaders from JICA and HCC to witness the official MOU signing and handing over of the storage of Environmental Learning Centre.

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