Peatmoor Primary School deputy headteacher Sarah Adams wants to see if the school can copy an innovative project she saw in Gambia last year – but she would like practical help from readers.
Peatmoor has close links with Pirang Upper Basic School and Sarah has made five trips there, some of which have been supported by the British Council Connecting Classrooms fund. She returned in March 2015 inspired by a room she saw which had been constructed using plastic bottles.
She said: “There isn’t a lot of waste in Gambia as nearly all rubbish is turned into something useful to support everyday life. Even so, you see a lot of plastic bottles by the side of the road. At Sifoe Lower Basic School they had collected bottles and filled them with other plastic waste and used them in the construction of the small office.
“It’s a privilege every time I travel to Gambia to work alongside such innovative, clever and productive people. The bottle room got me thinking about what we can learn from Gambians and how Peatmoor can involve the community in replicating how they recycle.”
A group of Key Stage 2 children have been selected to undertake the project to design, make and evaluate their own bottle house. Initially, this will be done on a small scale as part of the learning experience, but Sarah has a vision for actually building a room in the school grounds.
She added: “I’m looking for builders – groundworkers, carpenters, plasterers – who can offer their skills to be part of this community education project. Together we can learn so much.”
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Pictured top: Gambian teacher Isatou Touray with Peatmoor youngsters on a visit in March. Above and below, plastic bottle construction