There are still some parts in the world, where children don’t go to school, but the reason is not that they don’t want to, but because their parents couldn’t pay the fees to the school. When they are unable to get the education they start working from an early age to survive and contribute to the family home.
However, the Akshar Foundation in India has a school model that helps poor people to improve their lives through the development of professional and personal skills.The school doesn’t ask for money but, clean plastic waste.
This school is doing really amazing work and inspiring us to do so, it allows several boys and girls to study while taking responsibility for the environment and the conservation of the ecosystem.
Children in Assam, India, go to school, with books and notebooks in their backpacks along with some plastic waste to pay for their academic fees. The country has a severe problem of pollution, especially when it comes to plastic waste which generates 26,000 tons per day, 40% of which is not collected.
In 2016, Parmita Sarma and Mazin Mukhtar created Akshar, to give free education to kids. However, they thought about the recycling after seeing how classrooms were invaded by toxic gases coming from burning plastic waste that the community usually heated to keep their homes warm during the winter.
The young couple thought the plan will help both the community and the environment. So Sarma and Mukhtar told these children’s parents to recycle plastic weekly and encouraged them to use it to cover school tuition fees.
The school has started with 20 students and became known for its curriculum.
Classes are focused on training, technology, conservation, biology, and disaster care, among other things.The school teaches about employment including training on how to earn a living, run a successful business, develop their community, and heal their environment.
Mukhtar, one of the founders of the project, was studying to become an aeronautical engineer but he left his college to help underprivileged, vulnerable families in the United States. Later on, he returned to India where he met his wife, Sarma.
The couple developed the school model together. Now, they have 100 children enrolled in classes and they weekly carry 25 clean plastic items to the school to continue their education and take care of the areas they live in.
If the project gets positive results, the couple wants to replicate the model in 100 public schools in India.
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