RECYCLING CHAMPS … All Nations Christian School won the 2014/2015 Schools Recycling Competition by collecting about 11 tonnes of recyclable material.
St Paul’s College was dethroned as the Schools Recycling Competition champions by All Nations Christian Primary School at the prize giving ceremony held in Windhoek on 18 March.
The prize giving ceremony was attended by participating schools headed by the Recycle Namibia Forum, and judging by the tonnes collected by various schools, the project was indeed a major success.
The winning school gathered 11 tonnes, which is about 97 kg for each pupil or equivalent to 15 school busses.
Stefanus Gariseb delivered the welcoming address and pointed out how difficult it is for certain towns to partake in recycling due to distance. “Through various partnerships, we can overcome this.”
Director of the Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET), Viktoria Keding, applauded the pupils for being ambassadors for their schools, as their peers were looking up to them. “If you continue doing it, you will eventually feel that recycling is normal.”
She encouraged the crowd to do away with Styrofoam as it is not recyclable.
“There are so many things we can recycle. Everything you’re paying for has packaging, so when you’re throwing it away, it’s like throwing away your money. We all need to take action.”
All Nations Christian School received the first prize of N$10 000 sponsored by Namibia Breweries for the Best Regional School.
Second up with a prize of N$5 000, sponsored by Collect-A-Can, was St Paul’s College, who managed to collect about 75 kg for each pupil.
In third place, Pro Ad Academy won N$ 2 500 with a sponsorship from Plastic Packaging.
With a fantastic prize of a one-week course for 30 pupils at NaDEET sponsored by the Environmental Investment Fund, the best improved school was Namutoni Primary School.
The runner up for this prize was Jan Jonker Secondary School, who scooped up N$1 500 with the assistance of City of Windhoek.