Plastic Bottles for Tuition Fees

Nigeria produces huge amounts of plastic waste, and according to 2017 Ocean Atlas report, Nigeria is ranked number 11 in the world for plastic pollution, posing health risks to citizens and causing environmental damage.

CNN informs that living in Nigeria’s commercial center, Lagos, Oriola Oluwaseyi, 32, is a mother of four. Oluwaseyi does not earn enough to cover the annual 18,000 naira (around $50) school fee for her 8-year old daughter, Rebecca, who attends primary school. But last year her daughter’s proprietor introduced her to the program called RecyclesPay. Following a recent partnership with Africa Cleanup Initiative (ACI), Oluwaseyi’s daughter’s school, Morit International School, now accepts the plastic bottles in exchange for school fees.

The local media, one the one hand states there are more than 450,000 megatons of plastic waste discarded in Lagos waters every year. And on the other hand Nigeria has been recognized the poverty capital of the world, where parents are not able to pay tuition fees at schools as a result of which the country has an alarming rate of out of school children —10.5 million, the highest in the world, according to Unicef. ACI’s program has brought these problems together and found a wonderful solution for both.

ACI collaborates with schools in low-income communities to allow parents who are unable to afford fees for their children to pay using plastic bottles they collect.

Alexander Akhigbe, founder of ACI, says so far, ACI has run its projects in five schools in Lagos and has reached more than 1,000 school children.

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