The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

GyroPad

Published on July 3, 2014 um 15:22

Summary of your idea

GyroPads main objectives are to alleviate paper wastage by high school students and to actively engage primary school students in recycling by teaching them a practical, innovative method of recycling. The process is that, through the help of high school councils, we can collect large numbers of old notebooks from high school students. These notebooks are often half-used, with clean pages untouched as students tend to dump these incomplete notebooks within storages in their respective houses and purchase brand new notebooks instead. Having collected these notebooks, we will contact local primary schools, proposing to run one-off workshops at the schools for the children there. During these workshops, with the help of high school volunteers, we will teach children how to make paper pulp from the used pages in old notebooks and mold these into recycled notebook covers. Finally these covers will be spiral-bound with the clean pages from old notebooks to produce new, reusable notebooks for the primary school children. This allows children to learn a viable method of recycling that they are capable of and furthermore children will feel a sense of personal contribution which may stimulate their interests in perpetuating the act of recycling. Throughout the workshop, educational video clips would be displayed to further enhance childrens knowledge on recycling.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

Our goal is to conduct 8 workshops per year, outreaching to 4 primary schools (2 workshops per school) and recycle 120 old notebooks per year via these workshops, producing a total of approximately 240 recycled notebooks. The high schools involved in the first rounds of book collection will be Saint Kentigern College, Rangitoto College, Auckland Grammar School and Auckland International College; however, as the GyroPad program expands we hope to recruit 2 high schools and primary schools per year into our network. In terms of measuring our success, there are 3 methods which will give us a combination of both qualitative and quantitative indications of our success. The amount of books we produce via our workshops directly correlate to the breadth of our reach to primary school children. We can also conduct feedback surveys for the participating children to test the amount of knowledge about recycling they have gained after completing our workshop. Lastly, we can receive evaluation from the participating primary schools to see the extent of the improvement in childrens attitude to recycling schoolwide.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

Our enterprise is very financially stable. We can receive our supply of old notebooks for free thanks to the philanthrophic donations of high school students. Our main cost will entail the purchasing of paper mashing and molding sets required for the workshops, and the cost of transporting collected books from each high school to a central storage location. This starting capital is made possible by generous investments from Auckland Council. We will charge each participating child in the primary school workshops a fee of $15 as our main source of revenue and each participating primary school will also be charged a small fee so that we can earn an estimated profit of $1200 per year, assuming 8 workshops. In terms of our business model, the five members of our GyroPad executive team will be managing all the relevant operations. We will be dividing our roles and each separately doing one of the following tasks: coordinating book collection by high school councils, managing the recruitment of high school volunteers, purchasing the resources required for workshops, contacting primary schools to ensure that we have a customer base and lastly coordinating all of our team members and continuously updating Auckland Council with our progress.

Your profile

Personal profile I am a 17 year old Indian boy who has grown up in vibrant and idyllic New Zealand environment. The clean green image of New Zealand has taught me to appreciate the beauty that the environment can bring and has fostered a passion for sustaining the environment. As a result, the motivation that drives the business is a passion towards respecting and preserving the environment. Therefore through our business we intend to directly help recycle our limited resources and sustain the environment and also indirectly teach the next generation the importance of recycling. I believe that it is this passion towards the environment that has contributed to our determination and ultimately our success as a business as we came first place in the Social Innovation Challenge at University of Auckland.

Stage of Idea

start-up stage

Your idea has a positive impact on

environment, education

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