Every day, Côte d’Ivoire’s economic capital of Abidjan produces 288 tonnes of plastic waste, most of which ends up in landfills in low-income communities like Gonzagueville, polluting the air, land, sea and
children’s playgrounds. Only about 5% is recycled, mostly informally by women who take it from landfills and sell it at very low prices.
Nine classrooms have been built so far, and 528 are planned for construction overall. In a country that has a shortage of quality school buildings, the new initiative is helping to transform education while creating a model for sustainable development that can be replicated around the world.