The Role of Environmental Auditing and Monitoring in Greening TVET: A Case Study of Ol’lessos Technical Training Institute
AbstractDeveloping a mindset and a culture that is sensitive to issues of climate change, environmental pollution and scarcity of resources in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions is paramount towards transforming the society and encouraging sustainable development. To do this, TVET institutions must demonstrate good practices to the trainees and be in the fore front in reducing their carbon footprint. Comprehensive Environmental Auditing and Monitoring (EA&M) promotes prudent resource generation and utilization with positive social impacts as well as safe and healthy environment at all stages of a project operation and decommissioning. It also enhances the implementation of institutional environmental policy by providing up-to-date implementation mechanisms and indicators. In this connection, this study examined the role of EA&M in greening TVET. The study also endeavoured to find out the capacity of Ol’lessos Technical Training Institute (OTTI) staff to carry out credible EA&M. The study utilised exploratory studies using both qualitative and quantitive methods. Data collection tools included questionnaires, interview and observation schedules, and content analysis. The findings revealed that 76% of the respondents had an idea of what EA&M was. In addition 88%, of the respondents were of the view that EA&M would help them in changing their attitudes and towards environmental degradation and sustainability. The study showed that majority of OTTI staff was not adequately trained to carry out self and compliance EA&M. The level of awareness of issues of climate change generated by EA&M in OTTI community had encouraged adoption of green attitudes. The study recommends the integration of EA&M in environmental policies of institutions in order to effectively inculcate green attitudes and lifestyles in TVET graduates. In addition, capacity building of staff should be carried out to enable them perform credible self and compliance EA&M.
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