GHANA: Turning plastic waste into jobs
Field of Studies: Education, Youth Work, Development Education / Global Education, Recycling, Development Studies, Geography, Rural Development, Environmental Studies, Recycling, Waste Management
Number of Participants: 3
Scheduled time of the internship: 3 months between July and September 2013
The Ashanti region lies at the centre of Ghana and is its most populated one. The main income source is agriculture and commerce. Kumasi is the capital of the region and located close to Lake Bosomtwi, situated within an ancient meteorite impact crater. The Ashanti region also includes forests and wildlife sanctuaries.
Located in Kumasi, Young People We Care (YPWC) is encompassing the idea of Global Education to foster youth participation and societal change. Through Development Education Clubs in schools, young people are taught the necessary tools to engage the general population in better ways of dealing with societal challenges. In collaboration with European organizations, some of the students are able to join international exchange programmes. The organization uses media to spread alternative ideas on community development and actively engages in public debates on topics like education, migration and employment. YPWC collaborates with many international organizations like World Vision and UNICEF Rural Voices.
The idea behind one of YPWC’s projects is to create jobs and income through waste management. Therefore, the interns will first carry out a survey on the possibilities of turning plastic waste into a productive venture. Then, the interns will write a report on the issue as well as present policy recommendations. At the same time, interns should support YPWC in their daily activities according to their own interests. The GLEN-participants will be supported by a local intern.
This internship requires good oral and written communication skills as well as experience in data management and analysis. The interns should have basic computer skills. An independent, proactive working style is desirable. Finally, the GLEN-participants should enjoy working with youth.
The scheduled time for the internship is 3 months between July and September 2013. Training and seminars prior to the internship will be held in English.
The team of GLEN-participants will be formed by an Hungarian participant, an Estonian participant and a German/Swiss participant.
Proposed by: Harrison Obeng Debrah (Programmes Director – YPWC)
Number of the internship: 5000300612