RECYCLESPAY EDUCATIONAL PROJECT
Revealed: RecyclesPay Tackles 9 out of 17 SDGs
Known for initiating environmental innovations, the Chief Environmental Officer of African Clean Up Initiative (ACI), Mr. Alex Akhigbe has introduced RecyclesPay, an eco-educational project that addresses the issue of payment delay of school fees in low income schools.
RecyclesPay which allows parents pay school fees with recyclables -PET bottles and Can does not only address parents’ school fees challenges but also tackles nine out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nation.
Mr. Akhigbe credited for making popular environmental volunteering on sanitation with his Clean Up Nigeria project and the Green Independence Clean Up said RecyclesPay is an answer to the cries of many families.
He made this revelation recently during the pre-launch of the RecyclesPay Educational Project at Morit International school; the first low income school in Ajegunle, Lagos State to be adopted by ACI for the project.
In his words: “RecyclesPay Educational Project is an initiative that promotes Social, Economical and Environmental Sustainability. With RecyclesPay, parents can easily pay the schools fees of their children with the PET bottles and Can indiscriminately littered in the environment.
“There are Nine Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs) that have been identified by African Clean Up Initiative as particularly relevant to the RecyclesPay Project. They are SDGs 1, 3, 4, 6, 8,11,12,13 and 17.”
He continued with the breakdown of the SDGs tackled by RecyclesPay as follows:
GOAL 1 – NO POVERTY
With RecyclesPay, children that have found it difficult to acquire quality education as limited by cost of tuition now have an alternative form of payment to be in school and learn. Parents can now pay their wards’ fees with recyclables (PET bottles, Can and Pure Water Satchets).
GOAL 3 – GOOD HEALTH
RecyclesPay project is an initiative that promotes sustainable health. It ensures healthy living and promotes well-being for all at all ages. It is a known fact that indiscriminate littering of PET bottles has resulted into various environmental hazards which in-turn affects our health. However, with RecyclesPay, environmental pollutions caused by PET bottles will be reduced to the barest minimum thus fostering good health in communities.
GOAL 4 – QUALITY EDUCATION
According to UBEC (Universal Basic Education) (2018), the population of Out of School Children in Nigeria has risen from 10.5 million in 2015 to 13.2 million in 2018. This statistic is alarming as these children do not have the opportunity to develop physically, socially and mentally. The importance of education cannot be over emphasized as it gives and open up people to the skills and knowledge, needed to compete favourable in life. With RecyclesPay, children will now be able to have access to quality education as recyclables will be traded for school fees (that is, money gotten from the recyclables will be used in paying schools fees and educational materials). Hence, RecyclesPay project seeks to ensure inclusive and equitable education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
GOAL 6 – CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
It has been stated that “a clean and healthy environment encourages productivity and improves lives”. The menace caused by waste materials like PET bottles, polythene bags, aluminum cans, etc. is so enormous as it pollutes environment (which includes water, land and air.). This pollution in turn affects our right to getting clean and sustainable essentials like water, clean environment etc. RecyclesPay Project is set out to address the issue of indiscriminate littering of recyclables like plastics aluminium cans etc. in the environment thereby reducing the pollution caused by these and promote sustainable sanitation in the communities.
GOAL 8 – GOOD JOBS AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
RecyclesPay project is creating job opportunities for people that want to go into the business of recycling because the PET bottles that the parents bring to the school in exchange for their school fees are eventually handed over to recycling ventures. This project promote sustained inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
GOAL 11 – SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
Making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable is one of the objectives of the RecyclesPay Educational Project. More than half of the world’s population now live in urban areas. By 2050, that figure will have risen to 6.5 billion people – two-thirds of humanity, it’s important that efficient urban planning and management practices are in place to deal with the challenges brought by urbanization.
GOAL 12 – RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
Through this project, producers of PET bottles will now be more committed to the Extended Producer Responsibility. This now gives them an avenue to be more environmentally responsible in dealing with the PET bottles they produced.
GOAL 13 – CLIMATE ACTION
In majority of our communities, wastes are being burnt which contributes to waste based generated greenhouse gases which in turn contributes to climate change. However, RecyclesPay project is taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts by harvesting recyclables from the environment thereby eliminating their contribution to climate change.
GOAL 17 – PARTNERSHIP FOR THE GOALS
RecyclesPay project is an avenue to bring all the key stakeholders together to proffer solutions for sustainable waste management. These partnerships will be a springboard to ensuring and promoting sustainability that will have a lasting effect on our children and the environment at large.
The project is envisioned to support 10,000 children from dropping out of school by the year 2030. African Clean Up Initiative looks forward to working with other organizations, Sustainable Development Goals Advocate and Promoters in achieving the mission of the RecyclesPay Educational Project.