By Wallace Mawire
Delta Corporation Limited and the Boost Fellowship have partnered to promote sustainable environmental management through innovation, community empowerment and entrepreneurial action initiatives being undertaken by various University teams in Zimbabwe.
Various university teams in the country this October walked away with various cash prizes at the Delta-Boost ethics social responsibility showcase event held in Harare.
Members of the public and stakeholders in the environmental sector viewed the exhibitions set up by students as they explained the different ways they had impacted the environment in their communities.
The programme had been running for eight months in different communities across Zimbabwe through the form of community awareness programmes with an emphasis of developing a waste recycling culture in communities. Projects on display showcased that one can add value to waste and generate income.
After the 2017 Delta-Boost ethics pitch, the teams shall be incubated which shall see them being paired with mentors to assist and ensure that their businesses grow into viable enterprises that address the employment and waste management challenges facing the country.
The initiative thrust was built on Delta Corporation’s and Boost Fellowship vision of sustainable development as a means of being M.A.D “Making a Difference” while nurturing and shaping student leaders to have a sense of social responsibility. The aim of the programme is also to contribute to Delta Corporation’s sustainable development imperatives for a cleaner world while contributing to the Sustainable Development Goal numbers 5,8,11 and 12.
Boost is an acronym for Building Opportunities On Student Talent. The programme is for students who are keen on leadership, self and community development. It is operational in 11 tertiary institutions across Zimbabwe.