At School Number 8 in Koytendag, Turkmenistan, a young teacher is explaining the structure of DNA and its role as a carrier of genetic information. An ordinary biology class in an ordinary Turkmen school. However, as you look closer, there’s something unusual. All the educational visual aids of the classroom are made of plastic waste.
Mahliye Kurbanova has been teaching biology - the study of life and living organisms – for three years. She focuses especially on ecology, how livings organisms interact with their environment. Through the context of science, she increases children’s knowledge and interest in learning about the environment and emphasizes their role in ecosystem restoration and environmental protection.
Together with her students Mahliye collects plastic waste from contaminated areas and turns them to DNA, human organs, amoebas, molecules, unicellular animals, vertebrates, and other illustrative material to supplement textbook learning and help students to grasp challenging scientific concepts.