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Teaching eco-conscious child entrepreneurs

Africa, with its rich natural resources and diverse ecosystems, presents a unique opportunity for us to instill eco-consciousness young children. By equipping them with entrepreneurial skills and a deep respect for the environment, we can empower them to make a positive impact on our continent and the world. 

The importance of eco-conscious entrepreneurship 
In recent years, there has been a growing movement towards sustainable business practices. According to a report by the United Nations Environment Programme, sustainable businesses are not only beneficial for the environment but also show higher financial performance. This indicates that combining entrepreneurship and sustainability can lead to long-term success and profitability. 

According to Ecovative, an Africa-focused platform for green entrepreneurs: 

  • In sub-Saharan Africa, eco-enterprises represent 22% of green businesses, creating job opportunities and contributing to sustainable development. 
  • Renewable energy enterprises in Africa grew by 70% between 2012 and 2018, showcasing the potential for clean energy businesses on the continent. 

Furthermore, Africa, with its untapped potential, offers numerous opportunities for sustainable businesses. By encouraging young children and students to be eco-conscious entrepreneurs, we can contribute to the economic growth of our continent while ensuring a better future for generations to come. 

Statistics highlighting environmental challenges in Africa 

Africa faces its fair share of environmental challenges. By focusing our efforts on nurturing eco-conscious child entrepreneurs, we can actively contribute to addressing these issues. Here are some relevant statistics that shed light on the current state of affairs: 

  • According to the World Bank, nearly 60% of Africa’s population depends on agriculture for their livelihood, but climate change threatens agricultural productivity, leading to food insecurity. 
  • The United Nations Development Programme estimates that by 2030, sub-Saharan Africa will produce 30% of the world’s urban waste, resulting in an urgent need for sustainable waste management solutions. 
  • Wildlife conservation is also of great concern. The African Wildlife Foundation reports that iconic species like elephants, rhinos, and lions are facing threats due to habitat loss and poaching. 

By teaching children about these challenges and equipping them with the necessary skills, we can inspire them to be part of the solution. 

Nurturing eco-conscious entrepreneurs: A multifaceted approach 
Teaching eco-conscious child entrepreneurs involves more than just imparting knowledge about environmental conservation. It requires fostering a mindset of creativity, problem-solving, and resilience. Here are some steps you can take as educators: 

  • Encourage curiosity: Foster a love for nature and the environment by exposing students to outdoor activities, such as gardening, camping, and nature walks. Encourage them to ask questions and explore their surroundings. 
  • Teach sustainable practices: Instill in your students the importance of conserving resources, reducing waste, and recycling. Involve them in sustainable activities, such as composting, water conservation, and energy-saving habits. 
  • Nurture entrepreneurial skills: Encourage students to think creatively, explore business ideas, and develop a mindset of innovation. Allow them to take risks and learn from failure. Provide opportunities for them to implement their ideas, such as organizing a small eco-friendly business or a community project. 
  • Expose to diverse perspectives: As educators, let’s ensure the youth understand the diverse perspectives within our society. Help them develop a global mindset and appreciation for different cultures and value systems. This will equip them to tackle environmental issues with empathy and inclusivity. 

ANZISHA FELLOW HIGHLIGHT 
Christianah Madu, was sixteen years old when she learned how to install solar systems at a BEMOR summer camp. The Bemore Empowered Foundation summer bootcamp is an initiative of Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu to empower girls and women in ICT, renewable energy, entrepreneurship and skills towards making young women reach their potential. Ondos First Lady, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, described BEMOR as a University of Life, and said that over 3000 girls have been trained since the programme started in 2017. 

At the age of 18, Madu pursued her studies further and earned her certification as a solar system engineer. She went on to create her own business, Primevolts Solar, to train young girls in solar installations, and has since trained more than 100 girls in the basic of solar installations, climate change, the effects and solution. 

With a focus on achieving sustainable development goals, particularly SDG 5 (Gender Equality) and SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), Primevolts Solar provides affordable, reliable, and environmentally friendly power solutions. Their vision is to become a renowned solar company globally.  

Madu was selected as a 2023 Anzisha Fellow and reported having signed an N4 million contract to install solar-powered household systems.  

Remember, nurturing eco-conscious entrepreneurs is not just about business success; it is about building a sustainable future for our children in Africa and beyond. Together, we can raise a generation of green leaders who will shape a sustainable and thriving world. 

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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown
Lynn is a content marketer that focuses on brand storytelling through digital platforms. Skilled in a background of web development, search engine optimization and content production, Lynn is excited to utilize over 10 years’ experience in digital marketing to help grow the ecosystems that support Africa’s very young entrepreneurs to ensure their success.

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