SUSSPAC

Definition of SUSSPAC

The initiative seeks to sensitize and create accelerated awareness to a critical mass of students and faculty staff within institutions of higher education on the importance of and the need to reduce, re-use,- and re-cycle all existing packages within and around communities and/or organizations operating adjacent to these institutions of learning in Africa.

SUSSPAC

SUB SAHARA UNIVERSITY STUDENTS’ SUSTAINABLE PACKAGING ACCELERATORS [SUSSPAC]

A 100% Reduced, Recycled, Re-used Packaging in Sub Sahara Africa.

A World in Which Students within Institutions of Higher learning in Africa, both in and out of school embrace the reduction, reuse, and recycling of all packaging materials as a Way of Life and voluntarily sensitizing their peers to do so.

To Accelerate Awareness towards Measurable Behavioral Change to a Critical Mass of Students and Faculty Staff within Institutions of Higher Learning and Surrounding Environs in Africa on the Importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling packaging materials and the Need to Act Fast.

Students with ‘attractive’ and replicable innovations that relate their course of study to reducing, reusing, and recycling of packaging material within their learning vicinity and environs stand high chances of being technically and financially supported to actualize their ideas to scale during and after school. The concept envisions a world where every course taught within institutions of learning in Africa will incorporate a component of environmental sustainability within the level of their specific courses and/or program as so does Climate Change interventions along with all facets of training in Africa today.

Depending on the country in mention, the SUSSPAC member ‘carries’ the full name/identity of his or her country of engagement against the SUSSPAC entry-level he or she joins the program at, thus; SUSSPAC (Country)-(Region)-Africa. In clusters of ten (10), the SUSSPACs are categorized as either SUSSPAC Juniors [SUSSPAC-J], SUSSPAC Seniors [SUSSPAC-S], SUSSPAC Fellows [SUSSPAC-F] and ultimately SUSSPAC Alumnus [SUSSPAC-A].

A qualified Sustainable Packaging Expert is attached to each of the SUSSPAC clusters of 10 and works closely with the group as the designated ‘advisor’ to the SUSSPAC members at any given period of time. Designated SUSSPAC Experts answer to the “Head of Team – Regional SUSSPAC Officer located at the Sustainable Packaging Organization or Institution working in close collaboration with INAPS.

For a period of 3 months, the SUSSPAC capacities are enhanced to enable them to accelerate performance in awareness, carry out sensitization, lobby & advocate for Reduction, Re-using, and Recycling ‘consciousness’ towards measurable behavioral change within institutions of learning and surrounding environs.

Students from Universities or TVETs from across East, Central, and West Africa undertaking a course related to any of the following nine (9) economic sectors below are eligible to participate in the SUSSPAC initiative [Terms & Conditions Apply].

  1. Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry & Fisheries 
  2. Mining, Oil, Gas & Quarrying 
  3. Manufacturing 
  4. Energy, Electricity, & Water 
  5. Infrastructure
  6. Commercial, Distributive, Wholesale & Retail Trade
  7. Transport, Storage & Communication
  8. Finance, Insurance, Real Estate & Business Services
  9. Government Ministries, Counties, Parastatals, Education and Research Institutions, Commissions & Community.

 

SUSSPAC initiative has begun its rollout in East Africa, Central, and West Africa in collaboration with like-minded organizations in these regions. The “SUSSPAC Continental Compact” will be officially launched at the Gala dinner during the premiere 1st Regional Conference on “Funding Beyond Government Aid 2022 (FBGA 2022) for Universities, TVETs, and Industry Players in East, Central & West Africa [www.fundingbeyondgovaid.org] to be held from 11-14 July 2022, at Mwai Kibaki Convention Centre, Mount Kenya University, Thika Campus, Kenya in East Africa.

 

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BENEFITS OF BEING IN THE SUSSPAC PROGRAM

  1. Opportunity to pitch & obtain funds to implement entrepreneurial initiatives that contribute to environmental sustainability through increased consciousness in reducing, reusing, and recycling packaging materials alongside their course program. [Terms & Conditions Apply].
  2. Opportunity to get connected to attachment & internship placement on a 1st priority basis [Terms & Conditions Apply]
  3. Opportunity to apply for and stand a chance to gain a scholarship in a particular study of choice that directly or indirectly contributes to the reduction, recycling, and re-using of packaging materials [Terms & Conditions Apply]. 
  4. Opportunity to take part in the SUSSPAC in-country and inter-country exchange visits within East, Central & West Africa [Terms & Conditions Apply].
  5. Opportunity to undergo sponsored training, seminars & workshops on the subject of Sustainable Packaging and gain further benefits therein. 
  6. Opportunity to obtain an official ‘Certificate of Participation under SUSSPAC Initiative’ – which accelerates your career aspirations.
  7. Opportunity to meet up and network with top leaders and reputable mentors in your line of career aspirations – eradicates a long process of linkages with worthwhile networks for your fast career acceleration build-up.
  8. Opportunity to join the prestigious SUSSPAC Alumni and enjoy the benefits therein.
  9. A chance to own a gift hamper that consists of basic practice training equipment that also supports your ongoing course at your university or TVET [include but not limited to smartphones for group team leaders, tablets for lead SUSSPAC’s per group, overall gear, sun cap, t-shirt, notebooks, diary and pen, external info-disk; Terms & Conditions Apply].

Opportunity to join and take part as one of the Conference Organizers for the annual FBGA Regional Conference [Note; FBGA 2022 is taking place in Thika, Kenya while FBGA 2023 is taking place in Ghana from 26-30th June 2023; Terms & Conditions Apply].

  1. Opportunity to collaborate with Conference Organizers in hosting the FBGA Regional Conference held annually. 
  2. Opportunity to receive training and skill enhancement for University/TVET designated trainers/lecturers under the SUSSPAC initiative.
  3. Opportunity to collaborate with INAPS and Partners in annual fundraising initiatives towards implementation of successfully funded partnership programs that benefit the institution.
  4. Opportunity for establishment or upgrading of existing Centre of Excellence tackling pertinent society issues within your University/TVET institution [Terms & Conditions Apply].
  5. Opportunity to host Annual Regional SUSSPAC Convention.
  6. Opportunity to host SUSSPAC Annual Lined-up Events taking place within the institution.
  1. Opportunity to participate in technically and financially beneficial attachment and internship capacity-building programs, training, workshops, & seminars for your institution. [stand a chance for accreditation by designated authorities as a training institution; Terms & Conditions Apply].
  2. Opportunity to collaborate with INAPS and Partners in annual fundraising initiatives towards implementation of successfully funded business partnership programs that benefit the institution [Terms & Conditions Apply].
  3. Opportunity to take part in policy reform dialogues regarding pertinent issues affecting the society in today's contemporary world [Climate Change, Environmental Protection, Supply Chain, etc.].
  4. Opportunity to take part in curriculum development pertaining to pertinent issues affecting society today.
  5. Opportunity to host SUSSPAC Students’ Exchange Mobility Program across East, Central & West Africa.
  1. Opportunity to participate in attachment and internship capacity-building programs, training, workshops, & seminars for your institution. 
  2. Opportunity to collaborate with INAPS and Partners in annual fundraising initiatives towards implementation of successfully funded business partnership programs that benefit the institution [Terms & Conditions Apply].
  3. Opportunity to take part in policy reform dialogues regarding pertinent issues affecting the society in today’s contemporary world [Climate Change, Environmental Protection, Supply Chain, etc.].
  4. Opportunity to take part in curriculum development pertaining to pertinent issues affecting society today.
  5. Opportunity to host quarterly SUSSPAC Students’ Exchange Mobility Program across East, Central & West Africa.
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How Does SUSSPAC-Africa Initiative Work

Preliminaries

Before an institution of higher learning is engaged to implement SUSSPAC initiative, INAPS in partnership with the designated University and Sustainable Packaging Organization undertake two (2) comprehensive baseline studies that later inform the results of the graduated SUSSPACs work at the end of the one (1) year campaign period. This is in addition to informing review of the SUSSPAC initiative as well as sustainable packaging-related matters in the said location accordingly. These studies include but are not limited to:

  1. Perceptions of sustainable packaging and sensitization resources for undergraduate students and faculty staff undertaking diverse course programs at the institution of higher learning whether related to sustainable packaging-related or not.
  2. Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice (KAP) survey for surrounding communities and organizations operating within the institution environment.
    1. Interested students submit their interest to enroll as SUSSPACs at entry level J, referred to as SUSSPAC-Junior through filling in an online application form within INAPS website. 
    2. Those that qualify to join Level J are then recruited, vetted, trained and deployed to undertake a comprehensive SUSSPAC program.


Note: The process of graduation from SUSSPAC-J to SUSSPAC-Alumnus takes one (1) Campaign Calendar Year.

  1. Qualified students then engage in the implementation of a 3-month Sustainable Packaging Awareness & Sensitization practice period. 
  2. Upon completion of Phase 1 under SUSSPAC Junior, the students undertake an evaluation which then enables them to move to SUSSPAC Senior, progressing to SUSSPAC Fellow and into SUSSPAC Alumni. [Each student follows a strict transition from one level to the other].

Note: Each SUSSPAC closely works with INAPS and partners and is guided by a qualified visiting Sustainable Packaging Experts from one (1) affiliated Packaging organization in partnership with INAPS and the Institution of Higher Learning in mention (University and/or TVET).

A detailed criteria (principle) on modalities of how to transition from one SUSSPAC level [from junior level all the way to alumni level] has been comprehensively developed and documented into Guide Manuals by INAPS and partners for purposes of ensuring quality and success in the SUSSPAC Initiative.

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5-AWARENESS CONSCIOUSNESS PROCESS FOR SUSSPACs

The initiative embraces the 5-Awareness Conscious Process as explained below.

INAPS appreciates that at this stage the individual is at a level of merely listening to what others are saying about Sustainable Packaging with little intention to change behavior towards reduction, re-use, and recycling of packaging materials for their own good and the good of others.

INAPS appreciates that at this stage the individual is at a level of beginning to think through as to whether the subject of reduction, re-use, and recycling of packaging material are important to them or not.

INAPS appreciate the reduction, reuse, and recycling of packaging materials as an ethical thing to do as far as environmental protection and consciousness are concerned and then begins to intentionally seek more information to warrant their personal engagement to protect the well-being of the environment.

INAPS appreciates that at this stage the individual is at a level of consciously taking personal initiative to understand the reduction, re-use, and recycling of packaging material, the welfare of the environment that is free of littered grounds, and how to treat the environment with the respect that it deserves.

INAPS appreciates that at this stage the individual is at a level of fully embracing the reduction, reusing, and recycling of packaging material as an ethical matter of personal interest and actively and proactively influencing their own peers to act accordingly as a way of life regardless of place, time or location.

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SUSSPACs undergo a comprehensive 2-week orientation training as the 1st step to being a successful SUSSPAC. This is followed by a 5-day exposure to an INAP’s Packaging Partner Organization for a deeper integration into the initiative. The SUSSPAC then undertakes a 5-day practical engagement within the environs of his or her institution of learning before engaging his or her university peers and faculty staff. By the time the SUSSPAC graduate transitions into the Sustainable Packaging policy influencing platform, a series of other two (2) important steps are conducted on him or her.

At the end of a SUSSPAC cohort’s campaign period, a comprehensive evaluation matrix based on specific achievable indicators against the initial (bench-marking report) is administered to the SUSSPAC. Content is collated and combined into reports that INAPS shares with partners to help in:

  1. Refining further sustainable packaging matters within the designated region. 
  2. Help to inform relevant research on sustainable packaging within the said region.

All collated reports are disseminated during the graduation day of SUSSPAC seniors to SUSSPAC fellows now operating within the policy influencing platforms with INAPS and partners per country of reach.

INAPS in partnership with like-minded stakeholders in the process of designing a comprehensive guide manual on “How to Establish and Implement a successful SUSSPAC Initiative’ that is tailor-made to suit each region on each of the 5-Step SUSSPAC Initiative Process to enable each SUSSPAC to achieve his or her goal by the end of a designated campaign period.

The SUSSPACs after completing their campaign period successfully joined a SUSSPAC Alumni [SUSSPAC-A]. The SUSSPAC Fellow alumni are further capacitated to join Sustainable Packaging Policy influencing platforms. On this platform, the SUSSPAC Alumnus now work closely with sustainable packaging and Policy Experts affiliated with INAPS to make key contributions toward the ultimate goal of SUSSPAC-Africa which is for Universities in Africa and their Environs declared as a “healthy environmental zones”.

SUSSPAC-Africa is unique in that:

  1. It is entirely driven by university students across East, Central & West Africa in solidarity to create awareness and sensitize their peers on the need to embrace the reduction, reuse, and recycling of packaging materials as a Way of Life both in and out of school.
  2. Students within the initiative are from diverse course programs within different universities across their regions and are not necessarily undertaking or undertaking degree programs related to sustainable packaging.  
  3. It advocates for the institutionalization of sustainable packaging within Institutions of Higher Learning in Africa regardless of the designated university status (public & private), and/or programs-on-course.
  4. Students employ synergy merge from academia, civil society, and industry to lobby for and advocate for the reduction, reuse, and recycling of packaging material within their designated universities.

 

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