The Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA International College of Technology and Jos Green Centre supported by Tearfund has unveiled a new curriculum on Waste Management and Entrepreneurship with the aim of starting a Diploma program in the first quarter of this year.
Rector of the College, Mrs. Christy Dasar said this while speaking at a public presentation of curriculum on Waste Management and Entrepreneurship held at Novel Suites in Jos, Plateau State.
She said the program is designed to help young Nigerians to develop an entrepreneurial mindset, to embrace the possibility and promise of creating wealth from waste, transiting from payroll to profit, from idleness to self-employment, and to aim for a clean and sustainable environment.
The Rector solicited for supported from all stakeholders so as to achieve the desired aim of the program.
The Chief Technical Advisor of the initiative, Engr. David Jaafaru Wuyep who was represented by Mrs. Geraldine in his keynote address said the curriculum is very timely as with the rapid growth in world population, environmental waste is projected to increase by 70% in the next 30 years.
He added that about 3.4 billion tons will be generated by 2050 where it will create a huge opportunity for employment and revenue generation which the Plateau State Government is planning to take advantage of.
While presenting the curriculum, Mr. Ben Osawe said the curriculum is based on active learning where the students will be encouraged to be innovative and to depend less on the lecturer. He said the Diploma program will run for 2 years full time and 3 years part time.
The college hopes to start the program in the first quarter of 2022 and is designed for students with wide range of background which include humanities, sciences, engineering and others who are interested in waste management and Entrepreneurship.
Professor Timothy Oyetunde who is the consultant for the program said Nigeria’s unemployment rate is put at 33% which is a time bomb and added that the curriculum is an attempt to address the desperate situation.
He said the curriculum is anchored on the philosophy of “we make life happen and not depend on our circumstance”.
There were good will messages from their partners and others who include ECWA Executive, Tearfund, ECWA Directorate of Education and JIZ.