Environmental Club and Youth Empowerment in Pikine
In efforts to raise awareness about pollution, and to sensitize youth in the Pikine, a neighborhood of Dakar, Thierno and I have helped to establish an environmental club. We hope that this club will help to empower young people in Pikine area to take action in their community in order to make living conditions better for all. We are planning to organize the club’s first neighborhood cleanup on May 11, along with students from my school, children and adults from Pikine. One important thing to have in mind for the success of this club is to make sure that it stays sustainable. We chose to target the youth because we believe that they are able to make positive changes and they have the potentials to do so. Hopefully, after the cleanup the club will work on recycling programs and many other things such as planting trees and being involved in different community activities. We hope that the club will empower and educate the youth in Pikine in the way that others will benefit from it. As a result, the young people will be able to make a difference in their neighborhood and make positive changes.