In a call to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030, the United Nations adopted The Sustainable Development Goals (17 SDGs) in 2015. It was recognised early on, that unlike the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the implementation of the SDGs cannot be left to Governments alone; local institutions have to take a lead to embed SDGs in all that they do.
Centurion University, in a bid to address the SDGs, tries to find local and appropriate solutions to difficult problems with the use of advanced technologies. We work with students and communities surrounding our campuses to contribute to 9 SDGs. Our endeavours include:
- Reducing poverty through training, gainful employment and entrepreneurship; enabling financial inclusion for the poorest; providing entrepreneurship support to urban slum dwellers.
- Providing subsidised meals to those who cannot afford; convert food waste to compost; training to local farmers to double their incomes which enables them to improve the nutritional levels of their families.
- Tracking and improving health and wellbeing outcomes; generating awareness in the neighbouring communities; providing basic services to nearby communities in terms of free health check ups, medicines, spectacles and subsidised laboratory tests.
- Providing quality education through skill integrated higher education; community action learning programs; and, hands on, practice oriented, experience based entrepreneurship training.
- Providing an environment that facilitates gender equality; ensuring accessibility and affordability for all genders; providing scholarships to women especially in streams where they are underrepresented.
- Promoting industry, innovation and infrastructure; through research and consultancy; promoting waste to wealth.
- Ensuring sustainable aquaculture practices through farmers training; promoting sustainable harvesting measures.
- Protecting and promote sustainable use of ecosystems through smart agriculture practices and promoting alternate energy sources; and Nurturing partnerships for development in collaboration with national and international partners.