INSPIRING: Akshar School in India Accepts Plastic Wastes As Students’ Tuition Fee
For some students of a school in India, plastic wastes are their ticket to gain access to free education.
This is because Akshar School in Guwahati, Assam, India accepts used plastics as its students’ tuition fee.
According to Forbes.com report, The people behind this very inspiring school are Parmita Sarma and Mazin Mukhtar who first met way back 2013. Back then, they had the same dream — to bring change in Indian education.
This dream came to fruition in 2016 as they built a so-called sustainability-driven free school in the heart of Assam. It is named Akshar.
“We wanted to start a free school for all, but stumbled upon this idea after we realized a larger social and ecological problem brewing in this area,” said Parmita.
She went on to say that their classrooms would be filled with toxic fumes anytime people in areas close to the school would burn plastic wastes. She continued that burning used plastics was a norm in the place.
They wanted to change the norm. So, they encouraged their students to bring used plastics as their school fees.
What students have to do is to bring 25 items of plastic wastes every week which will then be recycled. These will cover all their school fees.
She shared that Akshar is a unique school.
“That’s apparent from the moment you enter,” she said.
They do not look at age-specific class or grades. Rather, they set different levels. In this school, a multitude of age groups study similar things simultaneously.
Students can also be seen sitting in open spaces under bamboo roofs.
At the moment, the school has around 100 students who are aged four to five. The school started off with only 20 students.
Students learn environmental sustainability, the importance of education, and giving back to the community. Students are involved in an array of activities.
Akshar Foundation (Office)
#18 Basisthapur By-lane 3,
Guwahati, Assam 781028, India
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