School where plastic bottles are accepted as school fees

By Vincent Kejitan | Thursday, Jun 27th 2019 at 12:30
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With no stable income and the tough economic times, putting your children through school can be such a challenging task.

Parents often sell their assets or plunge into debt in a bid to ensure their children are schooled and times, even this is not enough.

In Nigeria, Moritz International School has sought to ease the burden on parents struggling to raise school fees by offering an alternative mode of payment — plastic bottles.

Through a partnership with Africa Cleanup Initiative (ACI), an NGO that focuses on sustainability, the school now accepts bottles.

According to CNN, 200kgs of recyclable bottles can earn the parents around Sh1100 which will be deducted off the term’s fee of around Sh2400.

ACI founder Alexander Akhigbe noted that the Recyclers Pay Scheme is providing solutions to Nigeria’s environmental and climate issues and the initiative has already reached more than 1000 children.

"We are working on the deplorable state of the Nigerian environment and on the other hand improve education by using plastic bottles to substitute tuition fees so as to encourage parents to send their children to school and then save more money to fix other challenges at home," Akhigbe told CNN.

Most countries are moving away from the use of single-use plastics and recently in Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a ban that will become effective in June 2020.

The ban came two years after Kenya banned the use, manufacture and sale of environmentally harmful plastics, polythene bags and packaging materials.

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