In a first, Guwahati school sets a great example as it is willingly accepting plastic waste as school fees, in a bid to promote the virtual importance of environmental protection.
Akshar School in Guwahati hogged the limelight for the same reason. The school launched an interesting fee structure, encouraging students to bring them bags full of plastic waste instead of school fees. The school also operates on unconventional admission procedures.
Mazin Mukhtar and Parmita Sarma opened the school in 2016 with aim to help the downtrodden section of the society and to promote the importance of environmental protection.
As per the reports, the children deposit at least 10 to 20 plastic items a week but shouldn’t burn plastic.
Mazin who had done his education in New York, got back to Assam to build a school to a whole new level.
“Our school is different in many ways. We have designed the curriculum basically for poverty-stricken children. While they are regularly imparted lessons on mathematics, science, geography and so on, we have also incorporated vocational skill training so that they can become skilled professionals at the end of the course,” Mazin told Northeast Now.
“Here we have noticed that use of plastic is huge. The plastics are not only harming the environment but also affecting the ecology of the area. People here also used to burn plastic during the winters to keep them warm from cold. So we hit upon the idea of recycling the used plastic and save the environment,” said Parmita.
The two students of different age groups are tested at the time of admission and are then given a designated “level.” The school conducts tests on Fridays. The students those who perform well would climb up a level, states reports.
The two tied the knot last year and have taken an initiative of building this unique school together.
Hats off to this duo!