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Nigerian Recyclers Battle Rising Tide of E-Waste

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  • This video describes the problem of electronic waste in Nigeria. 
  • Students learn about e-waste, how it affects Nigeria, and the steps that are being taken to solve the problem. 
Teaching Tips


  • The text accompanying the video enhances understanding of the topic.
  • It explains the reasons why e-waste is being sent to Nigeria.
  • It highlights the gravity of the situation and proffers solutions to the issue.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with electronic waste.


  • Teachers could use this video to introduce the topic of electronic waste as an issue negatively affecting the environment. 
  • Teachers could give 9th-12th graders an assignment to proffer two solutions to the problem of e-waste in Nigeria.
  • Math teachers could give 6th-8th graders an assignment to count how many electronic appliances are in their homes. Students could graph and analyze this data.
  • After playing the video, teachers could ask students to suggest a policy that can be made to tackle the issue of e-waste in Nigeria.
  • Click here for a resource on the life cycle of electronic devices. 
  • Click here for an activity on household energy usage.
Scientist Notes

This resource explores the effect of e-waste on environmental and human health. It raises concerns for stringent regulations, compliance and management of e-waste in Nigeria. The resource is recommended for teaching.

  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
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