India, as a developing nation, faces the questions of education and waste management. While many of us try to tackle these problems everyday, there is a school which has found a way to solve them both. Together.
‘Padampani School’ in Gaya district of Bihar is going viral on social media and making headlines in newspapers for a very interesting reason. The school encourages students to collect waste on their way to school. Well, even more interesting is the fact that they can pay ‘fees’ using that garbage.
Sounds too good to be true, right? But that’s what they do at Padampani School. Deepak Kumar, Vice Principal of the school stated, “We started this school in 2014 and now we have around 250 students here. We impart free education and provide free uniforms, books, mid-day meal to the students. Instead of fees, they are supposed to collect waste materials on their way to school and dispose it off in the dustbin kept outside the school.”
He further added, “We send all the waste materials for recycling. Our main focus is to instill awareness among the children to create a clean and green environment. With the help of students, we are taking care of more than 200 trees on the school premises.”
The school is not only creating awareness about environmental hazards and importance of waste disposal but also encouraging students to protect nature and get education in return. Manoj Samdarshi, founder of Padampani School said, “We are running this school on donation as most of the students belong to very poor families. However, we provide socio-cultural classes, along with other activities like sports. The school aims to keep areas around the world heritage site of the Mahabodhi temple clean and waste-free.”
It is indeed a very heartwarming and welcoming initiative taken by this school. What are your views on this? Do you know other organisations doing similar work? Don’t forget to let us know in the comments!