Nestlé trains over 1,000 children on Sustainability

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Mr Akinsolu Martins, Director, Quality Assurance and Teacher Development, Ogun State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology

Mrs. Ronke Soyombo, Special Adviser to the Ogun State Governor on Primary and Secondary Education

Mrs. Edidiong Peters, Public Affairs Specialist, Nestlé Nigeria PLC

Mr. Olalekan Kuye, Executive Secretary, Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board

Mr. David Solarin, Director, Water Regulatory Enforcement and Advocacy, Ogun State Ministry of Environment with some learners at the kick-off of the Sustainability training at Methodist Primary School 2, Ago-Oko, Abeokuta, Ogun State.


Nestlé Nigeria is helping over 1,000 children, beneficiaries of Nestlé for Healthier Kids

(N4HK) program in six primary schools in Ogun State and the FCT to imbibe a

sustainability mindset at an early age.

In collaboration with the International Climate Change Development Initiative (ICCDI),

Nestlé Nigeria is training the primary five learners on a more sustainable approach to

managing and recycling waste in a bid to enable them become better stewards of the

planet.

This is one of the initiatives to support the company’s ambition of ensuring that none of

its packaging, including plastics, ends up in landfills as litter, or in waterways, rivers or

oceans.

In a statement announcing the kick-off of the training at Methodist Primary School 2,

Ago-Oko, Abeokuta, Ogun State, the Corporate Communications and Public Affairs

Manager of Nestlé Nigeria PLC, Victoria Uwadoka said, “Nestlé Nigeria is committed to

driving more sustainability awareness to help protect the planet for future generations as

embedded within our purpose at Nestlé. We are therefore delighted with the collaboration

of all stakeholders including the Ogun State Ministry of Environment, Ogun State Ministry

of Education, Science and Technology, Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board and

the Special Adviser to Governor on Education on this shared objective.”

“As multiple researches have proven, habits imbibed early in life are more likely to remain

with us into the future. Therefore, training children on the importance of protecting our

environment is a strong contribution towards ensuring more responsible management of

post- consumption waste as they grow, taking us closer to achieving a waste free future.”

Elaborating on the objectives of the training, Mr. Olumide Idowu, founder of the

International Climate Change Development Initiative said, “The sustainability training is

designed to equip the children with the requisite knowledge and support, enabling them

take responsibility in school and at home. Everyone, including children, needs to be

involved in this huge task of protecting the environment.”

The Chairman, Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Dr Femi

Majekodunmi represented by the Board Secretary, Mr. Olalekan Kuye, commended

Nestlé Nigeria for the laudable initiative aimed at enhancing sustainable environmentfriendly practices within public primary schools in the state. He stated that training learners on waste management and recycling will ultimately contribute positively to a safe

and hygienic environment.



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      An ongoing session at the kick-off of the Sustainability training at Methodist Primary School 2, Ago-Oko, Abeokuta, Ogun State


In her comments, The Special Adviser to the Ogun State Governor on Primary and

Secondary Education, Mrs Ronke Soyombo appreciated Nestlé’s consistent contribution

and investment in education within the state. She stated that the expected outcomes of

the training are positive behavioral change to enhance environmental sustainability and

in addition, the opportunity for learners to be upskilled on the conversion of waste to

useful items.

In 2021, over 150 children in 2 primary schools in Ogun State benefited from the

Sustainability Training. This year, the program has been scaled up to 6 N4HK beneficiary

schools, 4 in Ogun State and 2 within the FCT. The schools include - Methodist Primary

School 2, Ago-Oko, Abeokuta, Oke Ona United Primary School, Abeokuta, NUD Primary

School, Owode and All Saints Primary School, Owode. The schools in the FCT are UBE

Primary School Kuje and Science Primary School, Kuje.

Nestlé for Healthier Kids (N4HK) is a flagship initiative which aims to help 50 million

children globally lead healthier lives by 2030.

In Nigeria, N4HK incorporates a school-based nutrition education program, which helps

children imbibe healthy habits including good nutrition, active lifestyles through adequate

physical activities, good hygiene practices and healthy hydration.

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