Local charity Cans for Kids is offering opportunities in environmental awareness and philanthropic volunteering through their project Working for Environmental Community Action Now, or WE CAN.
The move has support from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway’s Active Citizens Fund in Cyprus.
“Through education and training, Cans For Kids’ volunteers will reach out to youth and community groups by organising dynamic hands-on activities” said head of Cans for Kids Rosie Charalambous. “Outcomes will add value to the island’s efforts towards sustainable and responsible recycling, while providing better care at paediatric wards throughout Cyprus”.
As part of the WE CAN project, several Cypriot communities will have new can banks placed, with training for monitors to understand best practice at each site. Clean-up days and school activities are planned from now until May 2023.
Students will learn about environmental and philanthropic causes as content themes to create and present informative and persuasive messages on a communication course at the University of Nicosia run by Dr Katherine Fincham Louis. The tools they acquire from the course can help students hone their ability to communicate, regardless of the curriculum they are following.
Apart from a seminar with Cans For Kids, a guest lecturer from Norway will Zoom with the class to explain how people in Norway recycle. Students will be asked to research volunteer opportunities and environmental issues and will present their suggested improvements toward the end of the course.
The WE CAN project benefits from a grant under the Active Citizens Fund Cyprus programme, funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, through the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021.