On May 19th 2018, Lesotho National Commission for UNESCO organized a workshop on SDG and recycling for learners from Methodist High School Maseru, which is part of the ASPnet.
The day started with an introduction to inform the learners about the mandate as well as the aims of UNESCO and to share some information about the SDG with them. To keep the information as relevant and as close to the learners world as possible, we highlighted two of the 17 SDGs.
The first one was SDG 12 (responsible consumption) which is all about reduce and recycle waste and therefore fitted perfectly into the topic of the workshop. By making small changes, everyone can contribute to this SDG in daily life.
The second SDG presented was number 14 (life below water) which is about a sustainable use of the oceans and sea. So how can every one of us help to reach this goal and why is it important to talk about the oceans when thinking about recycling? At the end of the day, all the plastic lying around in the landscape will be taken by the wind into rivers and oceans and therefore pollute the water.
By doing small steps, for example using less plastic, reuse it and collecting plastic in the landscape, everyone can contribute to achieve this goal and therefore build a better future.
The second part of the workshop was lead by 3 local artists, namely Molatedi “Mlatz” Talanyane from Mlatz Afro Designs (Qiloane Hats), Langa from Madhouserain and Ntate Sam. The learners were divided into 3 groups and every group did recycling and upcycling with different materials.
It was a fun, educational and active Saturday in the hall of UNESCO and a good possibility to spread the word on SDGs, as well as to raise awareness among young Basotho about plastic pollution and the importance of recycling.