Schools makes a good money by col­lect­ing waste

Bhutan Times - - Home - Sonam Pen­jor

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.”

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