At the beginning of 2020, U-recycle Initiative had a good number of plans to execute
environmental education and advocacy projects, but this was halted due to the COVID-19
pandemic. Hence, we searched for ways to engage people during this period when it was
difficult to meet in large groups and that was how came about the Litterathon Challenge.
U-recycle Initiative’s first Litterathon challenge which took place on 3rd to 4th October 2020, was the first of its kind in Africa, rallying over 95 African youths from 18 cities in 7 different countries.
The first edition of this novel litter cleanup challenge which mobilizes youths to pick as much litter as they can within a day or days, saw the participation of vibrant young Africans from cities in Nigeria, Namibia, Rwanda, Uganda, Gambia, Kenya, and Cameroon.
With thousands of litters picked, participants gave amazing feedback showing enthusiasm about the Litterathon Challenge and great anticipation of more Litterathons.
The project calls on the need for informed actions and behavioral change by African youths in tackling the waste pollution issue.
Moving forward, the winners of the challenge have been celebrated and rewarded. Also, the team plans to organize more Litterathon Challenges periodically with the long-term vision of mobilizing thousands of youths in different African countries and beyond.
Number of Participants: 95+ youths
Age range of participants: 13-35
Countries represented (7): Nigeria, Namibia, Rwanda, Uganda, Gambia, Kenya
Cities (18+): Kisumu, Serrekunda, Oyo, Kwara, Port Harcourt, Banjul , Abuja,
Lagos, Navaisha, Windhoek, Ogun, Osun, Niger, Kigali, Kampala,
Edo, Ekiti, Bauchi and Douala.