Two Lebanese students, Carla Chammas, and Toufic Batache had a project for a class called "EMC" (Éducation Morale et Civique - Moral & Civic Education) at their school, Lycée Franco-Libanais Alphonse de Lamartine, in Tripoli.
In this EMC class, students have to create projects that contribute to society. The two 16-year-old classmates picked the recycling project.
Their project idea was to convert a school into a recycled school.
What they first did was go to the public school for girls in Kfaraaka. This is where they met with the principal who, fortunately, showed interest in the project.
Then they put recycle bins in the playground and in the first-floor hallway. The made a small speech that would encourage students from 6th till 9th grade to recycle and help with their project.
To make the recycle bins, they got boxes from a supermarket, painted, and stuck on them recycling labels.
"The project was very successful, the results were fantastic!" said the two classmates. In fact, in only a few days, the school was already sorting the waste in order to recycle it and reuse it.
Toufic and Carla's speech is what really helped this project succeed. They informed the young students at the public school for girls in Kfaraaka on the importance of recycling and the danger of spontaneous waste disposal.
Lebanon is proud to have boys and girls who, from a young age, are already helping the community to progress and make a change.
Recycling in Lebanon has always been a very delicate subject especially after the garbage crisis our country had been facing. This small individual initiative made by these two students should be considered an example for all citizens to follow!