Vaavu Atoll, Maldives – Vaavu Keyodhoo School celebrates being the first school in Maldives to complete the first phase of the AIR Challenge by collecting 12,000 KG of plastic.
The students of Keyodhoo school collected 12,795 KG of plastic to win the first round of the AIR challenge.
Ministry of Education and Parley Maldives invited all schools to take up the AIR Challenge in January 2021. The Parley AIR: Avoid, Intercept, Redesign, challenge is a scalable strategy organized to end the fast-growing threat of marine plastic pollution with initiatives focused on Education and Communication, Direct Impact, Eco-Innovation, and Research and Development according to the Parley Maldives website.
The schools are invited to complete milestones by avoiding certain activities like banning single use plastics in school, cellophane use as book covers, reducing packaged goods in school. Intercepting plastic by activities such as recycling plastics by engaging households, households and guesthouses and shore cleaning. Redesigning activities by tree planting, various awareness and biodiversity inventory programs.
As a reward for winning the first AIR challenge milestone, Keyodhoo School was rewarded with an outdoor sound system. The Education Ministry Aishath Ali visited the school to celebrate the event.
Parley also organized a snorkelling event for Keyodhoo School students at the Vaavu shipwreck.