A look back at 2019 ...
As we are approaching the Christmas Holidays and New Year celebration, we can look back at a great year with plenty of activities at LIFE.
During 2019 LIFE Academy started a new generation of Capacity Development Programs in cooperation with Sida. Our program on Renewable Energy focuses in the first round on six African countries; Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. In the coming years we do hope the program will be expanded to more countries and regions. The program is based on global partnership and local ownership, and is implemented in collaboration with local and regional African partners as TAREA- Tanzania Renewable Energy Association and SACREE- SADC Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. The first gathering of participants in the program was held in Arusha in Tanzania in early May and as part of the program a three week long training session in Sweden was arranged in September-October.
Sustainable Business Cleantech implemented by LIFE Foundation is a project (2018-2020) focusing on creating a model where local companies in our own province, Värmland, may match national business interests on emerging markets. The ambition is to provide access to new green business opportunities and to implement sustainable skills, products and services based on the actual need for low carbon solutions. The project was launched in 2018 and really took off with high speed during 2019. Several activities were arranged in collaboration with various partners in Sweden and abroad. We succeeded in bringing companies and organizations from this project together with the participants in the Renewable Energy program during their Sweden phase, a fun and enriching meeting for many. We also have some Värmland companies that have started to look at business opportunities in markets in Africa, which is very exciting!
Another new project in the LIFE family is Waste Governance in Armenia which was initiated in 2018. The project has during 2019 been providing expert advice to Armenian decision makers for development of a national solid waste governance policy, strategy and roadmap.
“LIFE Schools” is a holistic approach to integrating Education for a Sustainable Development in schools. The concept has been developed by LIFE Academy to empower and to facilitate schools in integrating Sustainable Development into school curriculum and daily school activities by engaging management, teachers, school staff, and young learners. The idea of LIFE Schools is to provide young people all over the world, as a part of their education, with a set of ideas and tools to create the highest degree of human wealth, and thus create a sustainable society and a good life for themselves and future generations.This year, LIFE Academy inaugurated the first Swedish LIFE School, Sundsta-Älvkullegymnasiet in Karlstad, Sweden and also Mengo Senior School in Uganda. These two schools has started a collaboration in order to exchange experiences and come up with new sustainable solutions.
In all the mentioned programs and projects the international network of LIFE Alumni associated with local and regional partners have been of significant importance. One of our main visions for the coming years, is to further develop and make use of the great potential of our network of Change Agents in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
There are more than one thousand LIFE Academy Change Agents in 80 countries all over the world that are part of the LIFE Academy global network. To encourage our role models, the change agents in our network, we award a Change Agent of the Year.This year, Margaret Mutsamvi was selected as the Change Agent of the Year 2019 because of her dedicated work founding the organisation Economic Justice for Women in January 2019, envisioning economic leadership and financial independence amongst young women in Zimbabwe.
Together we can do much more, and we welcome ideas for collaboration, being new projects or new programs in support to a sustainable development.
See you in Sweden or out there somewhere!
/ The LIFE Team
A glimpse of 2019 in pictures ...