by ACI Admin.
African Clean-Up Initiative (ACI), an environmental Non-Governmental Organisation has launched ‘RecyclesPay’ – a Back2School initiative that allows parents pay their children’s school fees with recyclable materials.
Do you know that Nigeria is ranked as having the highest number of Out-of-School children in the world? It is imperative for all relevant stakeholders to play their roles in creating an enabling environment for children to remain in school.
RecyclesPay project was designed in fulfillment of our organisation’s vision of promoting environmental sustainability and raising environmental responsible citizens. This is a platform that encourages parents to support the education of their children by ensuring they remain in school to learn and not sent home because they have not paid their school fees.
The pre-launch of the project took place during the week in Lagos at MORIT International School, Ajegunle. This is the first adopted school of ACI for the RecyclesPay project. Parents of children in MORIT International School will have stipulated days they remit their recyclables for pick up by the Recyclers. According to the Proprietor of MORIT International School, Ajegunle, Mr. Patrick Mbamarah, most parents in their school have been having difficulty paying school fees of their children each term. This he complained is affecting the growth of the school.
“Our school fee is Four Thousand Naira (N4,000) yet parents still find it challenging to pay. This contributes to us not duly attending to the needs of our teachers. But with RecyclesPay which allows parents to pay school fees using their accumulated PET bottles, Aluminum cans, and/or Cartons. We are optimistic that parents inability of paying or delay in payment of school fees will be a thing of the past.”
Mr. Patrick also stated that “his vision for starting the school is to give children in his community equal opportunity of quality education as their counterpart in highbrow communities. But parents’ inability to pay school fees due to economic challenge in the country is discouraging his effort.”
“I appreciate African Clean-Up Initiative for this amazing eco-friendly solution. It will help parents in low income communities like ours keep up with the payment of their children school fees and also contribute to us keeping our environment clean,” he pointed.
Talking about how MORIT came to be the first school to be adopted in Ajegunle, Mr. Alex Akhigbe, the Chief Environmental Officer of ACI said: “Mr. Mbamarah, a lover of the environment is always passionate about environmental sustainability, so it was easier proffering an eco-friendly solution to the issue of poor payment of school fees in his school.”
“Aside him volunteering at environmental events, he also has encouraged his 9 year old son, Timothy to become a waste collector. The young man is already saving for his university education from recyclables he gets from the street, school, or events” he explained.
Parents of MORIT International School, Ajegunle received the pre-launch of RecyclesPay with great joy. The project will be fully launched at the ‘Lagos Beat Plastic Carnival’, an event organised by African Clean-Up Initiative coming up soon. The parents seek to take advantage of this coming yuletide season to gather much recyclables from the environment.
The Lagos Beat Plastic Carnival is an open event that is intended to give opportunity to members of the community to come with their recyclables to MORIT International School, Ajegunle and receive instant gift items in exchange for their recyclables. We are open to partnership towards the success of this projects.
A parent who gave her name as Mrs. Mariam told ACI crew in her native language that she is the most blessed by this project. She said that consistently paying their children’s school fees has been a big issue to her and her husband due to economic challenge. But with RecyclesPay, she heaved a sigh of big relief and sees it as a great way of generating money to pay her children’s school fees while noting that recyclables are littered in abundance in her environment.
ACI as an organization ensures that every recyclables brought in by each parent is collected and weighed before handed over to the recycling venture and the money generated from the sales of the recyclables is remitted to the school management in payment of the student’s school fees and stationary.
Author: Suhaib Arogundade
Suhaib Arogundade is an enthusiastic young professional who has interest in commodity trading, mindset redesigning, and waste management research.
Suhaib is the Chief Waste Eliminator at WasteWatch Africa.