Plastic Materials in a Classroom Environment: An Assessment of Nursery Classes in Sokoto State, Nigeria

Authors

  • Yusuf Sarkingobir Department of Environmental Education, Shehu Shagari University of Education Sokoto, Nigeria
  • Syed Abdul Waheed Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Studies, University of Okara, Pakistan.
  • Marwanu Abubakar Department of Biology, Shehu Shagari College of Education Sokoto, Nigeria.
  • Nadia Gilani Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education, University of Okara, Pakistan.

Keywords:

Plastic, Nursery Class, School, Health, Pollution, Additives, Hormone Disruptors

Abstract

The study assesses the plastic contact with children in the classroom environment in Sokoto schools because plastics contain harmful chemicals that can inflict severe harm on the health and other domains of children. A survey using 330 questionnaires of teacher respondents was carried out. Results were presented in frequency tables. The chi-square test shows that the results are significantly different at p<0.05. The order of stated plastics in the classes is food wrappers, writing materials, food containers, clothes, chairs, and shoes. The majority of respondents think that plastics harm pupils and the minority think that they harm the environment. Method of waste disposal in class environment schools reveal, open dumping, and as the methods of disposal. Of the ways suggested to reduce the effects of plastics in nursery classes environment; therewith, mass awareness was the most submitted, then environmental education at schools, and legislation was the least submitted. There are several forms of plastics in children’s contact in Sokoto schools and are processed through an inappropriate waste management method. Thus, can exert harm on them as well as affect their growth and development, their rights to healthy food, water, and air, and threaten public health. Environmental education in schools, mass education, and legislation are needed to protect children.

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Published

2023-06-26

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Sarkingobir, Y. ., Waheed, S. A. ., Abubakar, M. ., & Gilani, N. . (2023). Plastic Materials in a Classroom Environment: An Assessment of Nursery Classes in Sokoto State, Nigeria. Pakistan Journal of Social Sciences, 43(2), 217-226. Retrieved from http://pjss.bzu.edu.pk/index.php/pjss/article/view/1224