A training course on car tyre recycling will be held at the Level Cultural Space in Lomé, the Togolese capital, from the 27th to the 30th of August 2018. It is an opportunity to create an activity while contributing to the protection of the environment.
If the worn tyre is a danger for the environment, it can also be a source of wealth for young Togolese. During 4 days, participants will meet at the Level cultural centre in Lomé for training on tyre recycling. Three main modules will structure this working session: techniques for recycling old tyres into tables, techniques for recycling old tyres into chairs and other furniture and finally pneumatic art. The participation fees will amount to 7, 14 and 22 euros respectively. The main speaker for this workshop is Missiamé Koffi Maurice, visual artist, painter and decorator. He will come along with a team of carpenters, welders… to share their experience with the participants.
According to the people in charge of the Level cultural space that organises the training, it is all about making sustainable art, i.e. integrating environmental concerns into artistic practice. The training session will give participants the opportunity to become self-employed and integrate social life thanks to old tyres. According to Madje Markus Soussoukpo, the communication officer of the Level Cultural Space, this “training is a means of helping to train workers and defenders of the environment. We help create environmental entrepreneurs capable of working in sustainable development.” As Soussoukpo pointed out, in the autonomous port of Lomé, “trucks circulate, but at the end of the cycle, the tyres are either burned or end up abandoned for mosquito nests, which harms human health and the environment as a whole”. The training is open to the general public.