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The school where parents pay tuition fees with plastic bottles

By | 2019-07-20T20:16:45+00:00 July 20th, 2019|Innovators & Inventions, News|


Oriola Oluwaseyi, 32, makes her way through the busy streets of Ajegunle, a low-income community in Nigeria’s commercial center, Lagos.

The Nigerian mother of four is pushing through people and things in the streets to collect plastic waste bottles from retail stores.

In the evening, Oluwaseyi will drop the bottles at Morit International School where her 8-year old daughter, Rebecca attends primary school.

The bottles will act as down payment for her daughter’s tuition.

As a petty trader earning a pittance from trading car engine oil at bustling Ajegunle market in Nigeria’s economic capital, Lagos, Oluwaseyi does not earn enough to cover the annual 18,000 naira (around $50) school fees.
“Whenever a new session is about to commence, sometimes we get worried when there is no money, coupled with the challenges of taking care of the home,” Oluwaseyi told CNN.
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