Sena Alouka

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2014
Jeunes Volontaires pour l'Environnement


This profile was prepared when Sena Alouka was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2014.
The New Idea
In order to ensure better living conditions for future generations, Sena transforms young people into environmental champions and supports the creation of the green economy in the Sahel region.

At the primary school level, Sena has launched an environmental education program that has thus far been lacking in the educational system. He is building environmental education and green entrepreneurship into a curriculum that currently sits alongside traditional primary education but which he hopes will become incorporated into the formal system. Once the youth are educated on key environmental topics, they are put in direct contact with communities where they experience them firsthand and gain practical experience in creating and spreading solutions. Sena is so convinced that the future of Africa’s youth employment lies in the green economy that he has implemented poverty-control projects that combine environmental and business education for middle-school students. Through such activities, students discover new employment opportunities, and quickly develop entrepreneurial skills. In recognition of high youth unemployment amongst university graduates, Sena created a program in which graduates are also trained on environmental education and work with communities for a year to create or support Village development Communities that tackle local challenges. Thus, youngsters become advocates and promoters of the environment, develop new economic opportunities on the basis of environmental awareness, and stand as a robust movement to drive organizations and governments to include communities and their interests in environmental policies.

Sena’s organization (Young Volunteers for Environment, “JVE”) is Africa’s largest youth organization working for the protection of environment. Togo is the laboratory where all new initiatives are tested before they bring these ideas to other countries. So far, people from 25 other countries approached Sena to assist with the launch of this work in their home countries. Sena is well aware of the burden and importance of the work of other youth organizations. Therefore, he has developed a platform that brings together all youth organization networks in Africa in order to build synergies for more relevant results and that simultaneously allow for the promotion of green jobs.
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