#GoodNews: To Make Village Cleaner, School Accepts Waste as Fee
Good News: Apart from accepting plastic waste as fee, the school owner also makes his students pant trees.
A school in Bihar's Gaya is making a twofold positive change. Apart from educating students, the school is doing its part towards the nature as well.
According to The Better India, the 250-odd students avail education, books, stationery and uniforms by just dropping off plastic waste in the school.
This initiative was started by Manoranjan Prasad Samdarsi, who is the founder of the Padampani school in the region’s Sevabigha village.
He told the website that the initiative is helping the students learn the importance of cleanliness, hygeine and eco-friendly awareness, since they are the first-generation learners in the majority of underpriviledged section in the region.
The Better India report said that the unpaved road, that connects the nearby villages to the schools was filled with mismanaged disposal, leading to accidents on the stretch. It also became a breeding ground for infectious microbes.
The panchayat, according to the report, did not do much to improve the situation, which led to Manoranjan coming up with this initiative. Students from Classes 1 to 8 were assigned to keep the road clean. He told The Better India that initially there was a lot of resistance. However, after sitting them down and explaining the importance of such initiative made a significant difference.
Apart from the waste management, the students of this school also participate in planting trees. The students have planted over 2,000 saplings along the road, with a target to plant 5,000 till 2021.
The school owner has also installed 275 hand pumps in the nearby villages.
(With inputs from The Better India)
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