The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.

Green Living

Your title/position Regional representative
Type of Enterprise non-profit organization
Year the ngo or company was founded July 2007
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Explain your project in details:

Green Living is a Community Development Project focused on eradicating the menace of plastic pollution and promoting environmental sustainability in Zara Village, Mariri, Kumbotso LGA, Kano State, Nigeria. This was made possible through partnership of relevant stakeholders, by means of galvanizing support from individuals, community leaders, environmental organizations, government institutions and friends of the earth to make solid waste management a priority, using the methodology of sensitization exercise to educate members on living eco-responsibly, provision of civic amenity site to help curb the menace of refuse dumping, mobilization of inhabitants to engage in a peaceful rally round the community to further sensitize other members of the community through the distribution of environmental books and flyers, and training of youthful residents on how to sustain the community project (adopting local and needs approach). Also, with the introduction of a unique trash-2-cash model (first of its kind in the community), powered by a digital mobile SMS platform that has enabled residents of low and medium income earners exchange their waste for direct cash through. Green living impacted the literates, semi-literate and the illiterates living in the community (by means of communicating in their local dialect). The project recorded unity in diversity (coming together of locals and outsiders) to achieve sustainable development.

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Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

Its on record to be the very first eco-friendly awareness project ever held in Zara community by a youth corper since inception. The project was a total and complete success, as a mickle number of people (women inclusive) were impacted greatly during the sensitization and rally exercises respectively. They include but not limited to the following; Students, Residents, Youth Corpers, Boys Brigade, Girls Guide, Community Leaders, Market Women, Business operators, representatives from Ministry of Health, Refuse Management and Sanitation Board, NYSC, Kumbotso LGA, Civil Defense, Fire Service, Radio Kano, NGGA Kano, Kano State Electricity Distribution Company etc. The initiative inspired and enlivened both the students and members of Zara community to end environmental pollution, while Inhabitants have transition to living eco-responsibly. The knowledge shared during the sensitization exercise impacted the inhabitants (women inclusive) greatly, as report indicates the reduction in household waste generated on a daily basis by the inhabitants. Record of change in the living patterns of the students and residents, who have resulted to maintaining a clean and healthy surroundings by practicing the 3R action; reduce, reuse and recycle to accelerate waste resourcing, having in-depth knowledge of the various kinds of plastics and their SPI codes and also making intelligent choices before purchasing certain products (products with minimal packaging). Inhabitants have also abated from the act of refuse dumping as well as the habitual culture of incineration.

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Sustainability and future plans

Leveraging technology and available resources to create the much needed public awareness via online (use of social media) and in-house (facilitating) on environmental sustainability patterns, while adopting social proof and concreteness principles to help influence behavior. Engaging in community development projects through partnership of relevant stakeholders (using local and needs approach) to achieve the agreed targets. Inaugurating eco-clubs in schools, colleges and higher institutions to help accelerate social impact. Financing sources includes sponsorship from kind spirited individuals and friends of the earth, National Government/bilateral organizations, multilateral organizations, INGOs and other intentional donors etc. Plans for sustainability includes, establishment of eco-clubs in schools and colleges to help imbibe the culture of living eco-responsibly and catching them young, training youthful residents on how to sustain the community project, and lobbying with government and other international bodies to buy and key into the initiative to ensure continuity and growth.

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Your profile as an entrepreneur

Francis Onyiauke Oguaju by name, 29yrs old from Nigeria, a B.Sc. holder in Business Administration and Management with over 3 years experience in administrative and marketing sector and 2 years in non-profit sector. I have been privileged to volunteer as Program Supervising Officer/Evaluation Officer/Facilitator for various nonprofit organizations in different capacities namely; African focus for Youth Development, Center for Advocacy in Gender and Social Inclusion, Faithpearl Impact Global Foundation and Dija foundation respectively. I have also co-hosted different environmental awareness programs. Currently, I function as Regional coordinator (North), African Centre for Environmental Protection. Im also a social entrepreneur engaged in waste resourcing activities such as recycling waste plastic into new products. A leader and a multi-tasking youth who also very passionate about the SDGs with blazing interest in environment, simply because both man, plants and animals virtually get all their needs from the environment as well as depend on the environment for their survival and sustenance. My goal is to champion a green world by utilizing innovative ideas, skills and available resources to enable me reach out to the most unfortunate and vulnerable people living in the society, and also to contribute my own quota to the development of the socio-economic status of all mankind which the balance of humanity strongly depends on. Currently, my project Green Living has earned me a nomination spot for the award of the best youth corper 17B in Kano at the same time, it is contesting for the United Nations SDGs Action Awards 2019 (You can visit my page at:

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June 24, 2019 09:39

Hello Leader,
I am here to give my full support and encouragement to this brilliant project of yours. Keep up the good work my friend. Never give up in your fight even if it seems hard.

Please take a look at my idea, High Thermal Insulation Perpend (HTIP) at and consider supporting my idea with comments and votes and I continue to support your project!
Thank you and best of luck to you and let's continue supporting each other.
Let me know if you have voted for me so I can vote for you again and again.

June 24, 2019 06:14

Hello! Vote #6

Nice to see your project in Entrepreneurship Campus community! Let's continue supporting each other with votes and comments! =)

My project is to facilitate reintegration of the vulnerable people into society, by encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation, through an Ecological Community.

Have a great day!

June 23, 2019 15:28

Hello! Vote #5
Nice to see your project in Entrepreneurship Campus community! Let's continue supporting each other with votes and comments! =)
My project is to facilitate reintegration of the vulnerable people into society, by encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation, through an Ecological Community.
Have a great day!

June 22, 2019 08:17

Good morning

Am back again. How are you finding time around the campus platform so far?

Lets keep supporting each other through teamwork. Have a great weekend..

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June 21, 2019 17:42

Your project is good. However, i think you still need to improve on your traction (impact of your enterprise on sustainability development); for any ongoing project, as Entrepreneurs; traction is like our success story and shows our progress and also has a positive impact on investors to be and we your clients / customers. Providing statistical evidence will be a good edge against selection criteria. Best of luck

MotherCare app
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June 19, 2019 15:47

Hi dear, I wanted to pass by and see the wonderful work you are up to. keep up the work. when you have time please stop by my idea and take a look. thank you.

June 18, 2019 16:43


I have read through your idea and find it interesting. I am glad you are tackling the SDG goals and providing employment to the youth in your community. i wish you all the best and invite you to review my idea as well on the link below;

Kind regards
MotherCare app
(Best ideas Category)

June 16, 2019 14:46

always fail is the step to successful ...
but this step to education have the condition ...

condition ...
fail in your daily exercise (your own exercise and observe the challenges and make sure you solve the challenges either through discussion with your friends or revise a concept again through books, videos and etc and make sure you perform a lot of exercise to make sure you fit your challenges ...) it is allowed and can lead you to a success.

but to fail in exams it is not a way to a success because a time of success you want to make as a trial.

this is not for students only even to us in participation of this competition
but your a champion to me and your a winner to me but remember my words and know that there is a things is needed for our students to overcome that above problem
and that thing is MATHE TOGETHER
please take your time and read the concept and VOTE to make sure our students overcome a problem of not liking mathematics
the society CHILDREN is our CHILDREN remember education is the only thing can make a world a better place for a life.

also leave your link for us to vote for you too

June 16, 2019 07:56

Hi, I apologize, I have not been active on campus for some days now but am back now and will vote every idea that has left a comment or message for me if you have not done so, please check it out and leave a comment quickly to get two votes today thank you

June 14, 2019 11:54

Hi dear,
its another beautiful day of voting, I believe sustained efforts and your creativity will pay off, on and off this platform. keep doing what you do and all the best

June 13, 2019 18:33


Well done and i wish you all the best in this competition and implementation of your project. Let continue supporting each other through votes and comments. You can read my idea too "Waste papers recycling to useful products' and support it with a vote and comment

June 12, 2019 06:57

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June 10, 2019 13:30


I have read through your idea. How do you plan to track trends in your market inorder to know your customer needs and apply those findings in your business?

With this information, i think you can always stay ahead of your competition and changing trends in the market.

Mother Care App

June 9, 2019 16:07


I went through your project and found it great and deserve to support it. Vote 4
I voted for you and hope you go through my idea and support it with a comment and vote for it

Mother Care App

June 9, 2019 13:44

Hi there, I have not seen your comments or votes on my idea today and i sincerely need your review please, i will appreciate it if you could take a quick look. thank you for your support.

June 5, 2019 23:17

Hi, i believe we can help each other grow by commenting and voting one another, you have a fantastic idea and i will love to vote for you. Although i have exhausted my time today, i can vote tomorrow if you leave a comment on my idea and vote. Thank you

June 5, 2019 19:31


Congratulation nice project, well done and i wish you all the best.You can read my idea too "Waste papers recycling to useful products' and support it with a comment and vote

June 3, 2019 08:02

Your idea is great and I hope it has a great impact.

Lets Support each other. Can you please spare some time and vote for my idea STEP (Slums' Transformation & Empowering Population) in order to support slums and alleviate poverty.

Click on this link to vote.

Thank You

Best Regards,
Haleema zia from Pakistan

June 1, 2019 18:12

I must say that I am Impressed! truly amazing the way how you plan to accomplish that.

If you may, please take a look at my ideia which is in the BEST IDEAS category.

Let us make a difference in the world!

May 28, 2019 18:38

Great! Very interesting how you plan to enable youth in solving various social and economic problems through critical thinking, keep up.
I wish you success on your project, hope you will accomplish that.
If you may, please take a look at my ideia which is in the BEST IDEAS category.
Thank you and wish you the best of luck!

May 28, 2019 16:49

Your project idea is so amazing!
I am so excited to share with you that my idea HERZ (Her Empowerment Race Zone) was accepted under the Best Ideas competition category. Please support me by reading, commenting and voting at
Natasha Sichula

May 27, 2019 15:03

Congratulations on your project, very nice initiative.
humanity is counting on you for change. Don't let go of the best is in front of you.
A lot of courage.

May 17, 2019 18:05

Briliant initiative, thinking the level of poor awarness created, this should be the best idea i've seen so far that is tackling the manace of environmental pollution. Kudos and goodluck!!!