Small Islands Voice: Wastes Management activities

Recent activities within the framework of 'Small Islands Voice' include:

Glass Recycling Project (St. Vincent & the Grenadines). Students from Bequia Community High School have attacked the growing problem of broken glass on the playing field, school compound, drains and beaches, by not only doing cleanups, but by undertaking a glass recycling programme for which they won the 1997 UNESCO Caribbean Sea Science and Technology Award and the 1999 Commonwealth Youth Service Award. They have expanded this project to incorporate their families and their community. The school is now a drop-off point for unwanted bottles. The students break these into small pieces and mix with cement and reinforced steel to produce park benches for their school yard and community areas. Some of the benches use logs salvaged from cleared building lots as seats and backs. The glass is also used to make patio tiles. The environment is now a safer place as a result of their efforts.

Dublanc Primary School: Working for a clean beach environment (Dominica). In 2003, students at Dublanc Primary School led by their teacher, Ms. Vernessa Hilton, and supported by the school principal Ms. Beatrice Green, took part in the Sandwatch Project. They measured the debris on the beach, they interviewed beach users about the state of the beach. They recognized that garbage and pollution were serious problems. The students made placards and conducted a march round the village, stopping at several key places to repeat their message 'Listen and get it right.'

Zero Tolerance towards Littering: A joint project between The Maldives and Seychelles.
Following the exchange visit by a group of students from Praslin Secondary School to their Small Islands Voice counterparts in the Maldives at the Madhrasathul Ahmadhiyya School in January 2004, a joint project was designed 'Zero Tolerance towards Littering'.

Students in Seychelles have made a good start by putting litter bins in place, conducting competitions and awareness activities, but still littering problems persist.

Back to top