Practical training period in Mwanza, Tanzania
My practical training period was carried out under North-South Local Governance Cooperation programme: Tampere-Mwanza project. This article reflects the challenge faced in waste management in Mwanza city.
Every city with approximately 700 000 inhabitants would be struggling with all the waste produced and that is the situation also in city of Mwanza. The challenge of waste management has been noted in the Mwanza city strategy as one of the key-issues and that is why it was also included as one component of Tampere-Mwanza project.
Practical training period in Mwanza included background studies of waste management in developing countries, civic education (in ward meetings) on waste management and supporting and follow-up of activities of environmental clubs in project schools.
Preliminary studies concerning waste management and environmental awareness were done mainly in May 2008. June and July 2008 the idea of waste management, separating waste and composting were introduced to teachers and their pupils in five project schools. The aim was that each project school has well-functioning composts before practical training period ends. In 2009 also ward inhabitants in Igoma, Pasiansi, Ilemela, Buhongwa and Kirumba were involved and they were supposed to be well informed about environmental and health aspects of waste management, to a have good knowledge of separation of waste and the benefits of such actions done and to learn how to maintain home composts.
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Research question: How to improve waste management and increase awareness on recycling on grassroot level?