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CL4YEJC Scoop Two (2) IAU OSCARS Awards

The CL4YEJC LAUTECH Lead, Prof. Justice Emuoyibofarhe, project members; Prof. Adebisi Baale and Dr. Elizabeth
Amusan with some of the physical participants of the CL4YEJC Toolkit Training held at the LAUTECH ICT Centre.


The Carbon Literacy for Youth Employability and Job Creation (CL4YEJC) Network Partnership team with Professor Justice Ono Emuoyibofarhe as the team LAUTECH lead was recently honoured with two Innovation for African Universities (IAU) Oscar Awards, for having the project that has made the biggest impact.

This came after a voting process with hundreds of participants from the United Kingdom and the Sub-Saharan African (SSA) institutions as voters.

The CL4YEJC Network partnership includes the Sheffield Hallam University, UK; Durban University of Technology, South Africa (Lead Partner); Innovate Durban, South Africa; Kisii University, Kenya; and Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria.

The British Council IAU Centre of Excellence organised the online nomination and voting process, which was made open to the British Council IAU programme Community of Practice comprising all the hundreds of participants on the programme. According to information gathered, this British Council IAU programme is the first of its kind involving the UK and SSA institutions, and so the competition was the first of its kind.

“The guiding rule was that there can be no self-nomination for individual awards, and for project award, no project
team member can nominate his/her team project. So, our nomination for the awards were made by others outside
our project team. Our CL4YEJC project was nominated and voted for, out of the 24 British Council funded projects.

Nomination and voting for the two individual IAU Oscars awards involved IAU programme participants from 84 institutions in the UK and SSA countries. The announcement of the awards was made at the grand finale celebration virtual workshop of all IAU programme participants, held on Wednesday 28 September, 2022,”. Prof. Emuoyibofarhe explained that the awards were indeed the product of hard work on the part of all the Network partners, particularly the team LAUTECH because of the various challenges of the industrial action embarked upon by the Academic staff of the University and the absence of students on campus. He therefore expressed his gratitude to the team members: Prof. John Oladosu, Prof. Adebisi Baale, Mr. Akinyinka Akindele, Dr.Elizabeth Amusan Miss Jenyo Ifeoluwani and Mr. Dayo under the leadership guidance of the Principal Officers of the University.

He further revealed that the project is to leverage Carbon Literacy for Youth Employability and Job Creation in the Sub Saharan Africa, especially Nigeria by providing an integrated solution to the dual challenges of Climate Change and Youth Unemployment. So far, a CL4YEJC toolkit has been developed along with the learning materials made available on the Moodle LMS. Youths from Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya were trained using this toolkit and data collected before, during and after the training showed the effectiveness of the toolkit.

And then came the CL4GIE (Carbon Literacy for Green Innovation Entrepreneurship) Dialogue Forum (CL4GIEDF) which was a continuation of the CL4YEJC but a separate award under the Community Building Project of the British
Council IAU. Here, the results of the first project (CL4YEJC) were presented to an audience of Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and Ecosystem players representatives which included Kwara State University, BOWEN University and Adeleke University in Nigeria and positive feedback was received!

Prof. Emuoyibofarhe enjoined Staff, students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels to leverage on Carbon Literacy to embark on researches, Innovations and Entrepreneurial products to solve multiple problems at both the local and national levels.

Prof. Adebisi Baale