This project will promote the eradication of waste disposal in Government Secondary School Doka (Boys) in two phases - a Clean- up exercise for 2 weeks and fencing the school using upcycling of plastics and tyre within 4 months. Indiscrimate dumping of waste and open defecation in the school premises has led to increase in absenteeism among students as the condition of learning is quite poor due to obnoxious smell and frequent outbreaks of diarrhea and other diseases in the student population.
The absence of efficient sanitation system in Kaduna north LGA has taken a toll on the conducive learning atmosphere of GSS Doka (Boys) as residents have converted the school premises to a dumpsite due to the absence of a perimeter fence to cordon off intruders. There is lack of efficient waste disposal and evacuation services causing the school premises to be used for open defecation also. The school currently admits over 700 pupils and is plagued by persistent illness, truancy and absenteeism.
The project will use the boys' participation and create awareness against open defecation and indiscriminate waste disposal. We will provide mobile toilets, trash bins, incinerators and fence off the school. There will be prompt evacuation by waste managers and proper disposal in enclosed disposal units and door to door evacuation service readily available in a hygienic manner. Working with the boys, we will reduce, reuse, and recycle as needed and use waste as manure fertilizer where possible.
This type of project-based learning provides opportunities for growing children to develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. This project will increase school attendance, literacy, and improve health outcomes. It will incite in the young boys the concept of being active participants in their community. They tap into their creative imagination, and learn to cooperate with each other to improve their local community.