Being committed to the work we do, the African Cleanup Initiative today went to ISRINA schools to conduct its first pickup exercise of Recyclables. Stepping into the compound where the school was sited one would think it was a festival of plastics as parents trooped out en masse with their recyclables ranging from PET [plastics], Sachets, cans and tins.

The school which is located on 16, Barrister Ahmed Musa Street, mechanic bus stop, Ajeromi–Ifelodun local government Area, right in the heart of the infamous Ajegunle, Lagos.

It was an activity that was planned to be just a pickup and sensitization exercise but we ended up picking more than just recyclables.

The co-founder of the school Pastor Israel Amuzie  whom through his ministry ‘’we see Jesus glory ministry’’ said when they [himself and his wife Mrs Angelina Amuzie the founder of ISRINA schools] first came to the community they noticed the alarming number of children out of school, they further probed their findings  which revealed the cause of the children being out of school, ranging from parents being unable to afford the fees of their wards to not being able to even provide their kids with breakfast before leaving home, even something as basic as water was not provided by the parents.

He explained how he and the schools authority had to provide food, water, pay for students to write the common entrance examination [A qualification required for a child to transit from Primary to secondary school] and surprisingly books for some of the students.

Our findings showed that of the entire 85 students they had, over 50 of them were without books [most of them had to resort to using one note book for all the subjects they offered] as even school supplies such as bags were donated to the students by the Back2school project under their Educational support Initiative, they also had tables and chairs donated to them by a now deceased passionate female member of the community.

He explained how the entire idea was to try and develop a sustainable means of ensuring the students were well catered for in order to not have them drop out of school again, He appreciated the chief environmental officer of the African cleanup initiative Mr Alex Akhigbe for bringing the RecyclesPay Initiative to ISRINA schools as that meant the huge burden of buying school supplies and paying school fees had been lifted off them.

Mr Alex Akhigbe who conveyed his message through the communications officer of the African Cleanup Initiative Blessing Martins reiterated ACI’s commitment to bridging the gap between children in under-served communities and access to education.

The events for the day was rounded off when the team from Wecyclers who carried out their duties with enthusiasm came with their compactor truck to weigh, take note and cart away the recyclables brought in for that day. In total 262kg of plastics, 9.3kg of cans, 22kg of pure water sachet and 3.9kg of tin was recovered from the environment straight into servicing the fees of children.

On our part, we at the African Cleanup Initiative will continuously advocate and take actionable measures towards the sustainability of the planet.