African Youth Waste Network

African Youth Waste Network

Creative, enthusiastic, motivated, collaborative
passionate  & trailblazing

… these are just some the words that are used to describe the youth of our generation.

Be the voice of change

Hey, you! We need your help. Did you know that every three seconds, 1000 kilograms of plastic waste enters the ocean? This is happening right now, and this is why Africa Needs You. The African Youth Waste Network (AYWN) is an active platform for collaboration, resource development, and knowledge sharing amongst the youth within and between countries. The African Youth Waste Network in collaboration with Norway is on a mission to reach Zero Plastics to the Seas of Africa. We want healthier and cleaner oceans, and we must act now before it’s too late.

What’s your mission

Are you a singer, writer, future journalist, scientist, or eco-champion between the ages of 9 – 24 years old? Africa needs your voice and fun ideas to help stop plastic pollution entering our oceans.
Are you ready to take up the challenge? Your mission is to work together with other youth to move towards Zero Plastics to the Seas of Africa and become a voice of change.

You Can Do This in any fun and creative way that works best for you. Whether you have started or not, we are here to help you.

Don’t worry, you won’t have to do this on your own. You can get your friends and family to join this movement too. Remember that no action is too small, and you have the voice and power to make an impact.

What’s in it for you?

You will not only be assisting Africa in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations, but there are so many benefits that you, your school, and club can take advantage of such as:


Free Resources

Have some fun

Nifty tips and tricks
Fun Facts
Educational Videos
Comic strips


Festivals, Camps and Competitions etc.

See what’s on

Holiday Clubs
Environmental Clubs


Creative corner

Send us your


Look what we’ve been up to


Festivals, Events
and Activities

Song and Videos


Meet our committee

The AYWN is run by extraordinary young individuals from around the world that make of all our achievements possible. Each local, provincial, national, and international committee member dedicates their time, passion, and resources – on a voluntary basis – to the AYWN.

Become an AYWN ambassador

Are you an eco-warrior that is ready to fight for a sustainable future? Do you know of a strong, motivated, and enthusiastic young person that is passionate about saving our seas? If yes, get in contact with us and nominate your champion to become the next AYWN ambassador.

      your opinion
Lead the conversation and
make your mark on our map.

What’s next?

Have a looksee at our calendar to make sure that you don’t miss out on a thing!

Africa needs YOU in the


Become an AYWN
champion today!
You’re just a click

We need as many schools and youth as possible to join this mission. If you’re a little hesitant about joining right away, invite us to your school or initiative for a FREE, fun, and interactive introduction. To find out more about our education programmes click here or pop an email to

Or you can click on the button below and follow the quick and easy steps to join our network in just 5 mins. Our team will be sure to follow up with you and/or your school and you will automatically be added onto our network and database


Please choose type of membership:

Our Partner

Towards Zero Plastics to the Seas of Africa

Get involved

make a donation

Any donation, no matter how large or small, supports SST in its vision and mission.


Do you love the deep blue? Are you fascinated by marine life? Are you passionate about conservation and sustainability? Then join our cause by becoming a volunteer and help us work Towards Zero Plastics to the Seas of Africa. Voluntary work may range from helping our researchers in the field, to helping our Communications Department at events. Every bit of help towards our ocean counts, and we appreciate all the support we can get.


Become a partner

Partners play an integral role in supporting the work that we do, and we reward our supporters with advertising opportunities, tax breaks, and other incentives.