Waste Wise Communities - Fiji Youth

Youth Leaders for Waste Wise Communities

Youth Leaders for Waste-Wise Communities aims to empower young people to take action to develop sustainable futures for themselves and their communities. Using an integrated approach to waste management, youth leaders make links to factors such as rights and responsibilities; collaboration and cooperation; identifying values and attitudes; thinking critically and creatively; decision-making and problem solving. Youth Leaders mobilize communities to explore sustainability issues in their community, analyse their own behavior in light of this information, plan and then take action to resolve or improve the situation. Project outcomes will be interlinked and include pro-active and skilled youth leaders, strengthened governance structures and processes, community waste-wise and composting programmes, and establishing community alternatives to plastic bags.

The project at the moment targets Rotuma which is a prime site for education for sustainable development initiatives. Youth groups will examine their values and attitudes, become more self- determining/ reliant; make better/ informed decisions and be pro-active/ make changes. Youth Leaders for Waste- Wise Communities will build youth capacity to promote sustainable lifestyles by developing lifeskills such as communication and dialogue building, decision making and critical thinking, problem solving and planning, training in waste management practices, improving sustainable livelihoods, and better resource management.

The major objectives are to:

  1. Strengthen the capacity of young people to mobilize communities to take actions that minimize waste;
  2. Develop youth life skills including confidence and self-esteem, communication skills, dialogue building, critical thinking skills and positive community participation;
  3. Promote environmental ethics and a sense of ‘responsibility’ for better resource management and waste issues amongst the general community through youth actions.

Key partners include:

  • Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO
  • Rotuma Island Council
  • Laje Rotuma Initiative
  • The National Trust of Fiji, The Ministry of Education, Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission, and the Pacific Centre for Sustainable Development.