One key part of the sustainable communities’ project is the Recycle/Up-cycle component which teaches children to make useful products from plastic waste and to generate income from it. The pilot phase of the project saw the production of pillows, cosmetic bags, pen and pencil cases and key holders from plastic water sachets picked from the school compounds. Picking lessons from the Disaster Risk Reduction workshops we delivered earlier on, school children understood the need to reduce waste and find an alternative use for their waste; this made it easy for children to appreciate the model of waste management the sustainable community’s project presents.
What is more is the fun aspect of the activities, integration is not a usual thing in Ghanaian schools except for the times of inter-schools games so children are over excited because the recycle art workshops bring schools in a particular community together and guide them to work in groups and present their products for judgment.
Green Africa Youth Organization facilitates the sale of these products and every money realized from the art facts is channeled into purchasing school supplies for the children. This is encouraging many school dropouts to go back to school because their main obstacles had to do with finances to afford basic school supplies, and we are particularly happy for teaching schools to practically manage their waste and for also creating green jobs. When you find yourself in Accra, you can pass by ‘The shop’ at Osu and ask for any ‘Waste Pro’ product, Remember every purchase you make goes into schooling a poor child in New Edubiase