Back in 2013, Mazin had arrived in India from New York on a different school project. His work led him to meet Parmita, a Masters student in Social Work at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), who coincidentally was also planning to work in the education sector.
Paromita guided Mazin through the social landscape of the region, the challenges, and the statistics on paper and on-ground, ultimately leading up to the idea of starting Akshar, a school that can bridge the gap between conventional academics and vocational training.
To strengthen the message, the founders also designed Akshar’s curriculum in a way that would make the children aware of the issues. These students with the help of teachers then create various construction materials with the plastic waste that can help in creating better infrastructure on campus.
A school that had started with only 20 kids, now has over 100 kids between the ages of 4 to 15 years studying to change the future of the community. Each child brings in at least 25 items of plastic waste per week, as their contribution to their community and the environment.
This is a wondeful initiative to protect our environment.