Recyclespay for 1000 children in Lagos: A Decade of Action.
According to recent data released by the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), 168 million is the number of children who could not go to school as a result of the covid19 pandemic, of this number sadly not every child would be able to go back to school as the world gradually returns to normalcy. There have been innovations around how classrooms are designed with the introduction of online learning spaces which eliminate the need for children to attend physical classes, but this also poses a risk of leaving a lot of children living in low-income communities behind, due to lack of access to the internet and tech devices required to connect to a virtual class.
While we build and improve on existing solutions, now more than ever, we need to accelerate efforts being put towards achieving the sustainable development goals by collaborating, targetted investments in solutions, functional policies and education.
The Recyclespay Educational project has for the past two years seen a growth in the number of children able to attend schools in low and middle-income communities by improving access through the repurpose of plastic waste, We have measured students attendance using school records and have seen an over 40% increase in the number of children now being able to attend and graduate first level education.
The pandemic has had its effects on project activity as precautions given by the World Health Organisation and local authorities have placed restrictions on gatherings and plastic pickup routines.
To maintain communication and monitor progress made on the field we have had to resort to doing more phone calls and online chats with school owners, parents and stakeholders in order to have first-hand information on the project performance as opposed to organising periodic PTA meetings.
Schooling provides children with an opportunity to grow, rediscover themselves, explore their creativity and form friendships.
We have been able to further extend the benefit to 17 schools, recovering a total of 8630.52kg/250,270 individual pieces of recyclables from the environment, while impacting 163 households, within a space of Eleven (11) months.
Along the line we had Two schools Zion Bells with 165 students and Kingston High School with 403 students (Identified as "School Donation" in the breakdown) who decided to bring their plastics as a single entity, the value generated is being used to fund projects which affect the wellbeing of the entire children, Funds are used to maintain and purchase school facilities like boards, teaching and learning materials, repairs and furniture.
It is a decade of accelerated action, help us reach more children in vulnerable communities through your donations, recommendations and partnerships.
Thank you to all our remarkable donors who have contributed to changing the story of children living in low-income communities.