Congratulations to the Sustainable Global Technologies Up-Plastic team who together with PBL East Africa won the Community Heroes Award 2018!
The Community Heroes Award is an initiative of the Africa Centre for Peace Building and Awake Africa Magazine which seeks to identify, celebrate and honor individuals and organizations who have committed themselves to promote development and peace at the grassroots through social work, entrepreneurship, and selfless leadership. The prize was awarded to Up-Plastic for their innovative approach to tackling plastic waste in Kampala, Uganda last spring. Read more about their project below:
Up-Plastic Kampala was the result of a five-month student project that is part of the three-year PBL (Problem Based Learning) East Africa initiative brought to life by Aalto Global Impact and funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, which brings together multidisciplinary teams to develop sustainable solutions to community challenges. The Up-Plastic Kampala team consists of 6 students from Makerere University in Kampala and 5 students from the Sustainable Global Technologies Programme at Aalto University. The team worked together to contribute to solving environmental and social issues in Uganda, part of which are solid waste problems and youth unemployment. To recycle plastic waste by creating a recycling workspace and student community at Makerere University was the project’s main focus.
The Up-Plastic team built a plastic recycling compression machine for Precious Plastic in Makerere University and established a workspace for enthusiasts who dare to tackle plastic waste problem and believe that waste can be used as a resource. You can find out more about the project on their blog or follow them on Instagram.
Recently, Anna, a Creative Sustainability, Architecture master student and Up-Plastic team member, started working on her Kampala based thesis: “Transformation of Uganda National theatre as an alternative to current demolition plans”. Working in Kampala inspired her to continue her studies and focus on colonial heritage in Uganda. In an effort to save Uganda’s National theatre- which is to be replaced by a shopping mall, she started to reach out to different organizations in the African continent to seek both financial and information support. In addition to that she started the crowdfunding campaign to both raise awareness and collect enough funds to be able to conduct a research and create a sustainable solution for current changes in urban fabric. ( https://www.gofundme.com/manage/research-for-master-thesis )
This is how team Up-Plastic got in touch with African Centre for Peace Building in Ghana. It was a pleasant surprise to whole team when the organization became interested in the community work Up-Plastic did to fight against plastic pollution within the Makerere Community and nominated them for The Community Heroes Award. They believe it is a great achievement for the team to win this award, not only is it a motivation for them but also for future teams working with PBL East Africa.