Michaelhouse donates Green Desks to Lions River Primary
Michaelhouse (MHS), a private boarding school for boys, celebrated Africa Day by showing the spirit of Ubuntu and donating a classroom of Wildlands’ Green Desks to Lions’ River Primary. Lions’ River Primary is a farm school in the heart of the Midlands Meander which has a total number of 115 learners ranging from grade 1 to 3. Michaelhouse was one of the top Wildlands recycling schools in 2016, collecting 29 467kgs, and bartered their recycling rebate for Green Desks.
Wildlands launched the ground breaking Green Desk project in 2016 and it has since gained much popularity as a barter option for the Wildlands’ recycling schools network. The Green Desk innovation was made possible through a partnership with Rural Waste Poverty Alleviation Solutions (RWPA). RWPA figured out how to recycle multi layered plastics (without having to use one drop of water) and through a combination of grinding and extrusion, and then squeezing and densifying the material into planks – the Green Desk concept was born.
The Green Desks hope to address the 300 000 desk shortage in South Africa, while also upcycling waste that would have previously ended up on landfill.
Michaelhouse has consistently been one of Wildlands top recycling schools and participates in many of the Sustainable Schools initiatives offered by Wildlands in partnership with Nedbank.
Mrs Silondile Mhlongo, Lions’ River Primary Principal said, “These desks are going to help a lot. We are very grateful to Michaelhouse for making this donation possible. Thank you to Wildlands for this innovative project.”
Mr Paul Fleischack, Michaelhouse Deputy Rector, “Mrs Chalufu, the Michaelhouse Community Partnership Manager, was previously a teacher at Lions’ River Primary. This connection between the two schools made us aware of the needs of Lions River Primary School. It’s been a pleasure to partner with Wildlands and to hand over the desks today. Seeing the smiles on the little faces made it all worthwhile. It is also so important for our boys, not only to relate to our community, but also to see this benefit of their recycling efforts.”
Amy Webster, Wildlands’ Relationship Manager (Sustainable Schools) comments, “Thank you to Michaelhouse for choosing such a deserving school. It is a very generous donation that will surely improve the condition of the classroom of Lions’ River Primary and the future of the learners.”
Interested businesses are encouraged to purchase or donate a classroom of desks to schools in need.