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Is your school sustainable?

The verdict of the rubbish co-ordinator

Rogelio Villacorta lives in a village called Pongo, where he is a maths teacher and the local rubbish co-ordinator. He and his colleague, Juan Flores Torres, are both impressed by the success of the scheme but know that there's a long way to go.

As Juan says: 'It's our first real experience of the community working together as a whole. It's a much happier place. Before, no-one was bothered. Now people take pride in the place. Our relations with parents are much better. There's been a change of attitude. The place isn't dirty or smelly any more. We had a serious malnutrition problem among children, but because we're working as a community, parents and farmers have started to grow new vegetables and herbs and people's eating habits are changing.'

Rogelio agrees. 'It's a much better place to live now. There's a community spirit that wasn't here before. Practical Action's work pushed us into doing something we'd talked about. We've still got a long way to go, but we know that if we carry on working as a community we can do even more, especially in separating rubbish and reusing it.'

Rogelio and Juan in their school classroom.

Rogelio and Juan in their school classroom.


 

 

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