During the past year, USAID’s Basic Education Program has been working to involve school students in recycling activities. In June, technology students from 17 schools worked on a challenge set by the Program to design “Bottle Crusher” devices and Recycling Bins. In November, six Program schools established “Green Clubs” whose students will work on environment related activities designed to develop their skills and competencies in the areas of communication, problem-solving, creativity and teamwork. These schools are being provided with a bottle cage and a bottle crusher device to enable them to collect and process waste plastic bottles, before selling them to a recycling company.
On 6th November, Keith Prenton, the Basic Education Program’s Chief of Party was invited to meet Deputy Minister, Ilir Mirena, of the Ministry of Environmental and Spatial Planning (MESP), to discuss the Program’s environmental activities and to demonstrate the Bottle Crusher device.
The Deputy Minister welcomed the program initiatives and expressed his Ministry’s readiness for cooperation in joint environmental programs, including awards for environmental projects within schools. He also expressed a willingness to visit one of the Green Clubs. During the meeting, the Deputy Minister was presented with a bottle crusher device which will be used in the Ministry’s own recycling efforts. The Ministry plans to purchase more of these for its own use. Following the meeting, the Ministry provided the Program with sets of posters and leaflets on environmental issues for use by the Green Clubs
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