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Environmental Pollution: Pupils Create Relaxation Gardens Out of Waste

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By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta

In their efforts to get rid of air and water pollution from waste tyres, plastics and other materials in the society, the pupils of Fiwasaye Girls’ Grammar School and St Louis Girls’ Grammar School Akure, in Ondo State, has created a relaxation gardens through a waste recycling training.

This was made known by the Founder, Rhealyz Global Empowerment Initiative ‘Rhealyz Africa’ Mr. Ireti Asesida, while training  Fiwasaye Girls’ Grammar School and St Louis Girls’ Grammar School Akure on how to turn waste to wealth.

He said the United nations 2019 theme, which was tagged “Beat Air Pollution” was the bases for the training, adding that tyres releases black soot when burnt and it is highly dangerous to human health as well as plastics which contain one of the most toxic chemical known as Dioxin which causes health hazard in country.

Ireti said the initiatives of turning waste to recyclable garden would further helped the society in trapping these chemicals, thereby making our environment cleaner and better, saying that the girls would use the skills acquired and other technological skills to come up with sustainable solutions to the challenges and disadvantages women faces in their communities.

Proscribing solution to the  retarding rate of Nigeria environmental management system, Mr Adesida, a seasoned Communication expert, said, “we live in a world where we take, use and dump. This is a very bad style of living that has gotten us to where we are today. We have an Increasing population with limited resources. The United Nations have laid out 17 Sustainable Development Goals (MDGs) which every country needs to follow to avert this global doom that is about to encapsulate us all.

“Rhealyz Africa sees this as an opportunity to engage students at Fiwasaye Girls’ Grammar School and St Louis Girls’ Grammar School Akure, through which they can learn about creativity, develop critical thinking and also make their society healthy. Together we worked on a “WasteToWealth” project using tyres, plastic bottles, plastic bottle caps, compact disk and ropes to construct a recyclable garden which added to the beautification of the various schools,” He said.

Speaking, one of the beneficiaries of the waste to wealth training, a student of Fiwasaye Girls’ Grammar School, Mary Adejuigbe described her involvement as an encounter that has changed her belief about waste management.

“We started by collecting bottles which we end up in drainages, rivers or even dump sites,  Vulcanizers also gave us used tyres, and also we used bamboo which is a sustainable material, to create a relaxation garden where students of our school can seat and wait for their parents to pick them up. This project was successful and has contributed positively to my life,” She said.

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