Africa

The first YouthXchange regional guidebook is developed for Africa. This YouthXchange training kit on responsible consumption for Africa is adapted to the realities of consumption and lifestyles in Africa. It contains local, national and regional case studies and pictures on sustainable consumption and provides young people with an overview of sustainable consumption in the region. Visit the Publications section to download the guidebook in January 2013. 

Over the years, YouthXchange partners in Africa have been  implementing numerous awareness-raising and capacity-building activities on sustainable consumption and lifestyles in Africa. Some highlights of our activities in Africa include:

Mauritius


 

UNEP has been working with the Mauritius Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development on outreach to young people on sustainable consumption and lifestyles issues since 2009, when a workshop with youth leaders and recycling companies took place.

In 2011, UNEP conducted a two-day training workshop with more than 100 youth leaders to train them on sustainable consumption and YouthXchange and encourage them to undertake projects on sustainable lifestyles. UNEP trained young people on sustainable consumption, the YouthXchange Initiative, project implementation and networking, actions and initiatives for sustainable lifestyles and creating a youth movement for sustainable lifestyles.

The report of the workshop can be downloaded here. A group picture and workshop picture are also available.


Senegal

 

The French translation of the YouthXchange training kit on responsible consumption has been used in Senegal as a tool to help sensitize youth on electronic waste. Enda Tiers Monde/Ecopole has been working with popular informal recyclers for more than 20 years and noticed an increase of e-waste in Senegal. In 2009, they organized a training module and sessions for young people who specialize in repairing, dismantling and recycling electronic equipment, where the YouthXchange training kit on responsible consumption was used as one of the teaching tools. The participants learnt about identifying hazardous components in electronic equipment and how to safely repair, dismantle and recycle these products. Thanks to the project, some young people have opened their own repairing shops and are now sensitizing their community to the dangers of e-waste.

To download a one-pager about this activity, click here.


South Africa 

 

The English version of the YouthXchange training kit on responsible consumption has been used in a number of outreach activities in South Africa since 2009. YouthXchange publications have been used as part of the country’s eco-schools program. For example, UNEP is working with the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa’s Eco-Schools Program in information sharing on sustainable consumption and lifestyles through YouthXchange.

In November 2011, the YouthXchange climate change and lifestyles guidebook was used as a teaching and training tool at the UNEP Tunza Regional Conference for Africa, held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Participants from all across Africa were trained and informed about the UNEP/UNESCO YouthXchange Initiative, with a particular focus on the relationship between climate change and lifestyles. Each participant received the climate change and lifestyles guidebook, which contains activities and tips that can be used in and out of the classroom. Some pictures are available for download showing participants were involved in a number of activities including discussion and tree planting.


YouthXchange in the Mediterranean 

 

The YouthXchange in the Mediterranean (YXC-med) project was a 24 month long programme carried out by the Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE) / Mediterranean Education Initiative for Environment & Sustainability (MEdIES) during the period 2009 - 2011. The YXC-med programme addresses the critical issue of sustainability in the lifestyles of young people of the Mediterranean particularly in terms of consumption habits. Based on an existing worldwide initiative of UNEP & UNESCO (http://www.youthxchange.net), this initiative specifically targets the young people of the Mediterranean region. 

The YXC printed kit (already existing in 21 languages) was translated to Arabic, enriched with Mediterranean-relevant case studies, re-produced and circulated to Arabic speaking countries of the region, namely, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria and Tunisia. A series of trainings is foreseen in order to train educators on how to integrate the YXC-med kit in their teaching. This project was coordinated by the MIO-ECSDE/ (MEdiES) and the local and national partners, with the support of the Anna Lindh Foundation and UNEP. 

YXC-med involved the following African countries:

Egypt 



 

 

The YouthXchange Initiative was launched in Cairo, Egypt on 9-10 October 2010. This was done with the support of the local partner Arab Office for Youth and the Environment (AOYE).

The report of the launch is available for download.



Morocco



The YouthXchange Initiative was launched in Rabat, Morocco on 4-5 February 2011, with the support of the local partner Club Marocain d’ Education en matiere de Population et d’ Environnement (CMEPE).

The report of the launch is available for download.

A video of the launch is also accessible here


Tunisia

 

The YouthXchange Initiative was launched in Kelibia, Tunisia on 29-30 July 2010, with the support of the local partner Association de Sauvegarde de la Médina et du Patrimoine de Kélibia (ASM Kelibia).

The report of the launch is available for download.