Volunteers During the ACI World Cleanup Exercise Held in Ojo, Lagos. Behind is the ACI Chief Environmental Officer, Alex Akhigbe.
African Cleanup Initiative (ACI), a Non-Government Organisation, has admonished students and parents alike to cash in on its Recycle Pay Educational Programme (REAP) to pay school fees.
Chief Environmental Officer of the NGO, Mr. Alex Akhigbe explained that the aim of the project was to keep the environment clean and reduce the number of school drop-outs.
He said, “The project is designed in fulfillment of ACI’s vision of promoting environmental sustainability and raising environmentally-responsible citizens.
“It encourages school management and parents to support the education of their children by ensuring they remain in school to learn and not sent home because they have not paid their school fees.
“Recycle Pay helps to reduce plastic pollution while promoting education, good environmental practice of recycling and economic growth.
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“The initiative will make education accessible to every child irrespective of their location and background as this will be another alternative to paying school fees with recyclables.”
Akhigbe revealed that many students were already using the programme to further their dreams of schooling and urged other students to do the same.
“In some of the schools, we are working with in Ajegunle, the parents are really excited about the scheme.
“We go to the schools where the scheme is ongoing and pick up the recyclables twice monthly to enable them collect more.
“In the schools where are operating, most of the pupils would have been able to raise half of their school fees through recycling before the next session.”