Schools makes a good money by collecting waste
One might wonder to see a popular ‘navy blue’ school dress wearing kids collecting trash in every corners of the city even in the weekdays. Don’t be shocked, they are not from backward families, nor are the kids rag pickers for money. They are students from Jigme Losel Primary School in the capital.
At home, Yuden Dema segregates carton and pet bottles from other waste everyday in her small kitchen. She makes sure the waste she collects does not go to the waste bin allocated by municipal authorities.
Sorting of waste has become her daily chore at home, after her six-year old son joined Jigme Losel Primary School in the capital.
Yuden Dema does this for her son’s sake as he takes to the school once the sacks get filled.
The practice of collecting waste has become a good source of income for the school since the beginning of the academic year.
The school generated around Nu 0.1 million from 7688kgs of pet bottles and 11,852kgs of paper waste collected by 846 students.
Like her son, all the students from the school collect pet bottles and carton box everyday apart from their daily morning social works.
It has become a main source to generate capital for the school.
Principal of the school, Mrs. Choki Dukpa said the school had purchased 22 water filters with capacity of 20 liters each and 40-inch television by the money generated from the waste.
The school is one of the selected to become autonomous schools.
From the moWhole school was also served with ice cream and shamdre(rice mixed with meat) once.
Principal said it is must for the kids to drink enough water during the stay even if they drink from home.
Like Yuden Dema, most
of the parents have supported the idea of the school.
Tashi who works in a private company said, he now collects waste papers from his office and takes home for his son. “It’s a good initiative to generate money,” Tashi said.
Some parents even brought waste from picnic spot to the school, said principal. “Collecting waste can be a problem for some, but it is food for others.”
Teachers too collect their own waste and use the money to their respective classes.
The school also supports students with family problem by feeding program.
TV will soon be used for screening subject related movies to the students.
The theme for this year is kept as ‘Trash for you, food for others’.
Principal said waste could be trash for others but there are people living on waste. “It’s one way of generating money so they can buy need for the classroom in autonomous school,” said principal.
On an average, a student has collected around 15kgs in the last four months.
From the present collected waste, the school’s to purchase big screen computers to be kept in the classrooms.
There is also plan to deposit some money into individual students who collects maximum waste, said the Principal. “This is one way for kids to learn how to save money.”