LPS, Visionscape train pupils on waste recycling
In other to invest capital in the country and increase export through recycling, the Lagos Preparatory School (LPS), Ikoyi, in conjunction with Visionscape Sanitation Solutions has carried out an awareness and training of school pupils at LPS Ikoyi on waste management and recycling.
Head, LSP, Nicholas Barrett, at the school’s “Fun Day” forum to teach the students the harms of polluting the oceans with recyclable wastes, encourage the participating students to recycle wastes and raise funds to refurbish the Makoko Primary School.
Barrett noted that the parents, teachers and students chose the theme of the event, which was ‘Under the waters’, to tackle part of the global challenges at the moment that could be facing the children in the future which one of them is the pollution of the oceans.
Speaking to The Guardian Barrett said: “We used the event as a medium to teach the students how to actually recycle these wastes and not throw them on the roads and block our drainage systems. We are educating them on how to make the world a better place through recycling.
“It’s good we trained them on the current issues and how they can be able to solve those issues. We are also teaching them to make fantastic arts from those wastes than throw them into the oceans, thereby polluting the environment.
“We are also using the Fun Day which is our yearly fund raising event to raise funds to support and refurbish the Makoko Primary School which is a school we adopted and Visionscape has donated a Land Rover Discovery Sports for a raffle draw in order to raise the funds.”
Also speaking, the Group CFO, Vision Scape, Caren Van Rooyen, said that they were working with the children to show them what they can do with the waste outside and how they can reuse it into workable usage instead of letting it become a threat for the environment.
“We teach them what could go wrong if wastes are thrown into the waters instead of taking them out to and make them useable product that can recycled and reused so it doesn’t become a menace in the water for our environment,” Rooyen said.
She continued: “We are moving some of the wastes out into the UK to recycle them into useful products like plastic bags and raw materials that can be useful to manufacturing companies. We are exporting and encouraging exports as well in order to bring finance back into Nigeria.
“We are investing in Nigeria and in the children by training and educating them. We are putting back into the society and making sure that we give them jobs, by teaching them how to recycle waste and giving them a cleaner Lagos.”
The Chairman, Parents Teachers Association (PTA), LPS, Alupeju Borne, reiterated that the students are doing a lot of recycling already within the school.
She maintained that the initiative is to save Nigeria and the world at large of the impeding peril of having more plastics in the waters than fishes by 2050.
Alupeju said: “We are teaching the children to be responsible, to recycle their plastic and not to throw them in the waters or gutters and most importantly to look after the waters and save our oceans and look after our environments.”