RECYCLESPAY PROJECT is an Eco-friendly innovation of African Cleanup Initiative that makes education affordable and accessible to children in low income schools. The project has received the endorsement of some school owners and parents to show that it is a viable project. Suffice to say, the project addresses TEN (10) SDG’s (1-No Poverty, 3-Good Health, 4-Quality Education, 6-Clean Water and Sanitation, 8-Good Jobs and Economic Growth, 11-Sustainable Cities and Communities, 12-Responsible Consumption and Production, 13-Climate Action, 14-Life below Water, and 17-Partnership for the Goals) out of the 17 SDGs.
In addition, this project is designed in fulfilment of ACI’s mission of promoting environmental sustainability and raising environmentally responsible citizens. The RecyclesPay Educational Project is being supported by the Coca-Cola Foundation in order to reach out to more communities across Nigeria, which is in line with her vision of having a world without waste. It encourages individuals, organisations and institutions to support the education of children by ensuring they remain in school to learn and not sent home because their parents cannot afford to pay school fees.
RECYCLESPAY seeks to reduce plastic pollution while promoting good environmental practice of recycling and economic growth. This initiative will make education accessible to every child irrespective of their location and background.
THE GOAL FOR RECYCLESPAY PROJECT IS TO SUPPORT 10,000 CHILDREN FROM
DROPPING OUT OF SCHOOL BY THE YEAR 2030.
PROJECT TARGET AUDIENCE
STUDENT: RecyclesPay is designed to address the educational needs of children attending low income schools in underserved communities where they pay school fees of between Five Thousand Naira (N5,000 Naira) and Ten Thousand Naira (N10,000) per term.
NATURE OF RECYCLABLES
RecyclesPay project allows the payment of school fees or other school payment(s) with any of these recyclables: PET bottles, CAN, water sachet, Paper, Broken Bottles and cartons. Any of the recyclables remitted must be neatly packaged and presented for it to be acceptable as payment.
One kg of plastic bottles goes for Twenty-Five Naira (N25). On the average, a child in any of the low income schools pays five thousand naira (N5000) for a term, and that is fifteen thousand naira (N15000) for a session (which comprises of 3 terms).
The RecyclesPay Educational project is an intervention that provides an eco-friendly solution for parents to keep their children in school, reduce the rate of out of school children in disadvantaged communities and help reduce the rate of indiscriminate disposal of PET bottles and other forms of recyclable waste. The collected recyclables are handed over for processing to our recycling partners who in turn convert the recyclables into pellets and other processed forms to be used for making new materials, thus helping save energy and natural sourcing of raw materials, thereby ensuring biodiversity (the environments natural form) is sustained.
The waste to education intervention has both directly and indirectly made under privileged communities see the value in the sustainable use of waste which in turn has brought about behavioural change and interests of more schools within disadvantaged communities to participate. The RecyclesPay Educational Project hopes to reach out to 10,000 children in low income schools over a period of ten years.
To achieve this, ACI has initiated recycling advocacy programmes in schools for (students), sensitization programmes during PTA (Parents Teachers Association) meetings, community clean ups and community collection of recyclables.
With the support of Coca-Cola Foundation, the RecyclesPay Project has:
— Launched in 25 schools while over 91 private schools & 61 public schools have been registered
— Reached over 1168 children as direct beneficiaries
— Recovered a total of over 18,140kg recyclables from the environment.
— Reached out to 3 communities (Ijora Oloye, Alagbado and Ajegunle, all in Lagos) through the RecyclesPay Covid-19 Support Project with over 387 Direct Beneficiaries.
COMMUNITIES WHERE THE RECYCLESPAY EDUCATIONAL PROJECT IS TAKING PLACE
Ajegunle Igando, Idimu, Amuwo Odofin,
Ojodu-Berger Egbeda, Ijegun,
Onipanu Epe, Sango-ota
Ago Palace, Alaba – oro Ikota,
Ibeju-lekki Agege Mushin
Iyana Ipaja, Ipaja Ayobo, Ifako-Ijaiye,
Satellite town, Badagry Agidingbi
Agege Alagbado Ilupeju
Website: www.acuinitiative.org | Telephone: 08033340972, 08077262742, 08021349281
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3, Taiwo Odunuga street, Off Oludegun, Ire-akari Isolo, Lagos, Nigeria
Project Area: Nigeria
Project Duration: December, 2018 – Till date
Other Partners: Wecyclers, Recyclers Association of Nigeria
Proudly supported by: Coca-Cola Foundation
African Cleanup Initiative (ACI) is a non-governmental Organisation that is passionate about raising environmentally responsible citizens in Africa. Our major activities include environmental sanitation, environmental education/advocacy and community development and we have been promoting communal and corporate clean up and sensitization projects since 2010. We have carried out several projects since inception and these include; Community Cleanups, Green Footprints, RecyclesPay & RecyclesPay Plus Educational Project, Beyond Waste Project, Clean for Impact, Conferences etc.
African Cleanup Initiative is geared towards engaging citizens of communities in Africa to be committed to environmental sustainability and also the actualization of the 17-point UN Sustainable Development Goals. We understand that government alone cannot shoulder the huge responsibility this entails. We therefore are keen to actively leverage on opportunities to demonstrate ‘Green’ leadership and reduce negative impacts on the environment.
OFFICE ADDRESS: 3, Taiwo Odunuga street, off Oludegun, Ire-akari,-Isolo,, Lagos, Nigeria
EMAIL ADDRESS: [email protected] / [email protected]
PHONE NUMBERS: 08033340972, 08021349281. 08077262742
Edwin Okolo is an author and journalist who has worked with YNaija, TheNativemag and the Naked Convos.