Emblematic Cristo Redentor School recognised as the first ZERO WASTE school in Iquitos

The Cristo Redentor School has been promoting good environmental practices in solid waste management since 2018, as part of the “Zero Waste School” project, with the participation of teachers, students, parents and the educational community. This project has been possible thanks to the joint efforts of the organisation Ciudad Saludable (Healthy City), in partnership with the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG) and with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Cristo Redentor school – First Zero Waste school
Ciudad Saludable (Healthy City) / Zero Waste in Schools Project

On 22 June, the school principal, Genoveva Valles, welcomed Andrés Dulanto, Director of Education and Environmental Citizenship of the Environment Ministry; Kenneth Peralta, SDC Programme Officer; Paloma Roldán, Executive Director of Ciudad Saludable; representatives of the Municipality of San Juan and the Iquitos Regional Education Department. They visited the school to learn about the good practices implemented through the project.

They learned about the most noteworthy environmental practices, such as the solid waste characterisation study and the five-year solid waste management plan. This is the first school nationwide to develop these instruments for good management and reducing waste, to implement recycling stations where students correctly separate solid waste, and mandatory measures for reducing single-use plastic in the school, which can be seen mainly in the snack kiosk. Another good practice is the vertical gardens and kitchen gardens, where students learn to grow their own food and to cultivate plants to reduce the temperature in the classrooms.

Explanatory manuals to strengthen environmental culture

The project also produced three manuals for teachers, which provide them with updated theoretical information and teaching resources on solid waste management, differentiated by level. These manuals show step by step how to make the kitchen gardens and how to take care of them. The manuals also highlight hygiene and personal care measures.

Paloma Roldán, executive director of Ciudad Saludable, pointed out that these manuals grew out of the school’s own experience and were tested in the classroom and online during the pandemic. “This is the first seed, and like the kitchen garden, they will continue to grow and create more educational materials and have an impact on more schools,” she emphasised.

Kenneth Peralta, SDC’s Programme Officer, acknowledged the project and said that it was an intervention model to be replicated. “You have built this replicable process and you can share it with other schools. This knowledge has to be shared with more people because we are part of the planet and it is in our hands to take care of it, and you are already doing it”.

Andrés Dulanto, Director of Environmental Citizenship at the Ministry of Environment, announced that this experience will be shared in the Ministry’s Environmental Classroom. “This valuable experience will be posted as a document so that the rest of the schools, not only in Loreto, but throughout Peru, can learn about it and replicate it”. He also encouraged them to continue sharing good environmental practices on social media to achieve a Clean Peru.

Cristo Redentor school – First Zero Waste school
Ciudad Saludable (Healthy City) / Zero Waste in Schools Project

About “Towards Zero Waste at Schools”

The project’s objective was to develop innovative solutions to maximise synergies between water, sanitation, waste management, food production, health, environment and energy generation in schools.

“Zero Waste in Schools” was implemented by the organisation Ciudad Saludable, in agreement with the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG). The Zero Waste project by EAWAG and SDC’s Global Water Programme operates in Peru and Nepal to reduce 100 per cent of solid waste in the schools selected for their high level of social vulnerability and poverty and their commitment to environmental management.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the schools were closed when the project was entering its second phase. The project quickly adapted to the situation and continued promoting proper solid waste management and increased green areas and improved hygiene habits in the families of the Cristo Redentor school, in the San Juan Bautista district (Maynas) in the Loreto region.

To do this, the project strategy provided support at two levels: i) for teachers, with educational materials for home-based education; and ii) for shifting to issues of hygiene and sanitation practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Source: Ciudad Saludable

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Cristo Redentor school – First Zero Waste school
Ciudad Saludable (Healthy City) / Zero Waste in Schools Project

Useful links:
PDF (spanish) Presentación Proyecto Piloto Cero Residuos en las Escuelas
PDF (spanish) Guía pare el cuidado de la higiene personal y su relación con las enfermedades epidemiológicas
PDF (spanish) Guía de Residuos sólidos
PDF (spanish) Guía para implementar un Biohuerto

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