Date: 04 MARCH 2017
The Dagbreek School for the Intellectually Impaired once again walked away as the overall winner of the annual 2016/17 School Recycling Competition hosted by the Recycle Namibia Forum (RNF), with an average 222kg of waste collected per learner. The All Nations Christian School ended up in 2nd place and Pro Ed Academy from Swakopmund in 3rd place, while Delta School Windhoek scooped the 4th place and the Hage Geingob High School took 5th place.
According to the RNF Coordinator, Anita Witt, when the competition started in 2009 with 10 schools, an average weight per learner of only 15kg was collected. Today, participation stand at more than 50 schools. Witt: “In 2014, the average weight per learner collected was 30 kg, which went up to 98 in 2015. Last year, when Dagbreek won for the first time, they doubled the previous record of 98kg with a total of 179kg per learner. This year, this was upped even more and the final results show 222kg per learner.”
Dagbreek won a cash prize of N$10 000 sponsored by Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) – a subsidiary of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group, and proud member of the RNF. All Nations Christian School received N$5 000 sponsored by Collect-a-Can, and Pro Ed Academy received N$2 500 from Plastic Packaging. Delta School Windhoek and Hage Geingob High School each received N$1 500 and N$1 000 respectively, sponsored by Rent-A-Drum.
Witt: “It is quite interesting to know that the two schools with the lowest number of learners, both All Nations and Dagbreek have a learner capacity of approximately 100 learners, in comparison to Delta and Hage Geingob with more than 1000 learners. Although the weight collected is divided between the number of learners to get the kg per learner – it is still significant that these two smallish schools are always in the top three – as is Pro Ed Swakopmund with 435 learners (3rd place this year and 2nd place last year).”
According to Witt, a total of 128 tons were collected by the schools during the 2016/17 year. “visualising this volume makes you realise exactly how much the schools have diverted from the refuse dump to be recycled. The category of Best Improved schools was a close contest between Hage Geingob High School and Emma Hoogenhout Primary School, as well as Delta School Windhoek. The volumes collected by both Hage Geingob School and Delta has seen them ending up under the Top Five – an impressive performance. Much can be attributed to the input and efforts of individual teachers and principals – notably under the Top Five.”
As Best Improved School – Hage Geingob High School also won a weekend away to the B2Gold Otjikoto Nature Reserve and Education Centre – accommodation, meals and transport included.
This year’s event was made special with the performance of one of Namibia’s most renowned musicians, Elemotho. His performance was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone present. Coca Cola Namibia sponsored this highlight for the prize-giving which took place at the City of Windhoek’s Waste Management Centre in the Southern Industrial Area.
Apart from winning prizes, Rent-A-Drum also pays schools for the recyclables they have collected which amounts to N$30 000. This is an increase of N$10 000 compared to the payments of last year. This results in the winning school receiving N$10 000 as the first prize, plus N$4 500 for their recyclables.
Issued by: Francios Olivier on behalf of the Recycle Namibia Forum
Group Journalist & Creative Writer
Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group
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