Minister of Education Dr. Aishath Ali says schools partaking in the Parley Air event have dropped off almost 30 tons of plastic at Parley Maldives.
Minister said this while speaking at the ceremony held at Ghiyaasuddin School on Saturday night, to celebrate World Oceans Day.
From the schools where the Parley Air Strategy is established, ten most outstanding schools were recognized and handed awards by First Lady Fazna Ahmed.
The certificate of recognition, handed over to the schools that continuously collected plastic for more than a year, stated the amount of plastic collected.
The schools which received the certificate were Ghiyasuddin International School, Thaajuddin School, Imaaduddin School, Keyodhoo School, Fulidhoo School, Dhiggaru School, Ihadhdhoo School, Hangnaameedhoo School, Sh. Atoll Education Centre and HA. Kelaa Madhrasathul Sheikh Ibrahim.
Minister said those currently working for the environment are past students of schools who actively initiated in related work in their respective school’s environment club.
This shows the importance of introducing such ventures to children as they grow up to be advocates in the future, she said.
She further said there are many more actions that can be taken to decrease plastic in schools,, however implementing it has some obstacles.
Minister explained the reason behind the increase in plastic world-wide is due to it being inexpensive, light, and resilient.
Some countries measure their development with the amount of plastic produced per head.
83 schools of Maldives are part of the Parley Air initiative.