Pupils help shape the future

The Gordano School team for Shaping the Future

The Gordano School team for Shaping the Future - Credit: supplied

FIVE Gordano School students have been commended by the Government.

Year 9 pupils Abi Harrison, Eve D’Arcy, Jessica Cross, Ellie Burrows and Chloe Davis entered the Department for International Development (DfID) Shape the Future competition, proposing the expansion of bottle-brick technology in developing countries.

The pupils proposed an increase in the use of waste plastic bottles filled with earth to use as eco-bricks for the construction of low-cost, safe, new homes, following independent research into existing projects and an email exchange with a journalist in Nigeria.

The Gordano entry was judged to have been of an “exceptionally high standard” and although it did not win the top award, it was singled out as worthy of commendation. Programme director of the Global Learning Programme, Karen Barnes, said: “In recognition of the quality of the entry, the Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, has decided to award the Gordano School entry a certificate of commendation.”