Carbon Literacy for Youth Employability in Sub-Saharan Africa

“Climate change job creation opportunities for the youth in Sub Saharan Africa”

The challenge of climate change (CC) is becoming an emergency that can no longer be avoided.  Indeed, every challenge presents an opportunity.  The young people must know why and how creating an eco-friendlier society offers entrepreneurial opportunities for their generation.  Youth employment and climate change challenges are interrelated, with one having a direct bearing on the other.  Carbon Literacy (CL) is not only used to tackle the CC challenge but also can serve as a window into Green Innovation and Entrepreneurship Literacy  (GIEL) for youth employability and job creation (YEJC).

At the core of this project is the validation of an argument that an ethno-linguistically and socio-economically Sub- Saharan Africa (SSA) contextualised Carbon Literacy Training Tool Kit (CLTTK) can be used as an enabling tool to leverage Carbon Literacy for Youth Employability and Job Creation(CL4YEJC) in an SSA context.  Therefore, using an integrated CC-YEJC solution approach, the project adopts the CLTTK (developed by the Manchester Metropolitan University under the Carbon Literacy Project of the British Government) as an enabler to leverage youth employability and job creation in SSA.  Towards this end, the UK CLTTK will be contextualised to produce an SSA CL4YEJC Training Tool Kit (CL4YEJC-TTK)  to be empirically validated in the SSA contexts of Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.


This project focuses on integrated carbon literacy and green innovation & entrepreneurship literacy, which will provide the youth with the education & knowledge set, skills set, & mindset.  This is key to carbon emissions reduction and the uptake of climate change-based entrepreneurial ventures for job creation and environmental preservation.   The project is envisaged to benefit stakeholders, including SSA university students and unemployed youths, and the UK and SSA partner universities.

The project is a partnership of the Durban University of Technology in South Africa, Sheffield Hallam University in the UK, Innovate Durban in South Africa, the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology in Nigeria, and Kisii University in Kenya.

We wish this project well as we unite to grow and innovate Africa for youth employment opportunities

British Council – Innovation for African Universities Programme (IAU)

The British Council IAU programme is implemented by the Centre of Excellence (CoE) which is a partnership between the City University of London, the University of Nairobi and ChangeSschool UK.

The Programme comprises 24 partnerships of UK universities, SSA universities and entrepreneurial ecosystem organisations.  The programme is running in Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana & South Africa.

The CoE looks forward to working in partnership with Carbon Literacy for Youth Employability and Job Creation (CL4YEJC) in Sub-Saharan Africa to exchange knowledge and ideas to strengthen the role of universities in entrepreneurship ecosystems.


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