Udupi, August 24: St Mary’s English Medium School (CBSE), Kannarpady Udupi received the National Eco Waste Management Handprint Flag -2020 award for the successful implementation of innovative waste management ideas at school, home and community and also to find effective solutions to local environmental problems.The Eco-Schools Waste Management Program (EcoWaM) is a sustainable global school program that was started in school, implemented at home and expanded to the community level by engaging next-generation learners in action-based, environmentally friendly activities. This is an international certification program offered in India to college students [classes 6-8] with a central theme of âWaste managementâ. It is a joint initiative of the Center for Environmental Education (CEE), the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and the Bestseller Foundation. Among the more than 80 schools that have participated in this national level certification program, our school has been shortlisted for this prestigious award for impactful implementation of a sustainable campus lifestyle. At the award ceremony, which was held virtually in Ahmadabad, Gujarat, previews of innovative environmentally friendly ideas adapted by our school were presented to viewers nationwide.
The ecological waste management program has been gradually adopted in the school. By way of opening, the main objectives of the program were presented to the instructors and to the representatives of the students during the meeting of the central committee. Later, teachers reflected on implementation strategies through group discussions. Students aged 6, 7 and 8 as well as their parents were informed of the program via a virtual platform. The teachers integrated the concepts related to waste management in science, social sciences, languages, computer science, mathematics, etc. The online teaching sessions as well as the online extracurricular activities have incorporated the ideas of waste management. An action plan was developed by the teachers and the core group of students to adopt the ideas of reduction, reuse and recycling in every step of the day-to-day operation of the school. Progress and evaluation of activities were duly monitored through regular online committee meetings. The transformation brought about by the program and all of the lasting changes adopted by the school have been made public to the entire school community through social media platforms and bulletin boards. At its final stage, students and teachers were invited to formulate various charter statements reflecting their vision and willingness to support the noble mission of this program to bring about attitude changes in the mindsets of all stakeholders.
Some of the important activities and projects supporting environmentally friendly practices undertaken under this national level certificate program are the Household Waste Audit Survey – to estimate the amount of waste collected in the atmosphere of home, the segregation game – to teach basic skills of solid waste management, Design environmentally friendly packaging methods – to eliminate the use of plastic packaging materials, Behavior investigation of waste – to study the public’s unscientific waste habits, Safai Mitra Interviews – focusing on the challenge of waste segregation, Interviews with parents and grandparents – exploring sustainable living and traditional practices practiced in the atmosphere of the house.
Along with the activities mentioned above, the dream motto of the program has also been realized through some inspiring and eco-friendly campaigns on campus. The celebration of Deepavali and eco-friendly Christmas caught everyone’s attention. A large compost pit was set up at the school and few vegetables were grown during the winter with organic manure. Waste recovery workshop, mask making workshop, fabric bag making workshop, soap making workshops were organized for students and staff. Office staff and administrators enthusiastically joined in observing special days such as âNo Purchase Dayâ and âZero Waste Dayâ.
The environmental initiatives launched by the school have been very successful and have made it possible to achieve the noble objectives of the program. The students of the college warmly welcomed the green initiatives launched by the school and showed an unconditional enthusiasm to internalize green values. The small steps of young learners towards a safer environment have radically transformed the outlook and approach of the whole family at school. Importantly, the EcoWam program has improved the self-confidence and self-esteem of the students by providing them with a motivational platform to fulfill their social responsibility. more innovative ideas and a creative approach.
The school warmly thanks the parents of grades 6, 6 and 8 who responded positively to this green campaign with their constant and reliable support. Their valuable suggestions, comments, concerns and questions made this trip more enjoyable and successful. We are surprised and delighted to observe that the pandemic situation has paved the way for the open-minded adoption of eco-friendly initiatives in every household and provided parents with quality time to nurture green values. among aspiring learners. The experience of this rewarding trip would not have been so effective without the moral support of the parents.
A dedicated team that has made it possible for success consists of Principal Father Johnson Sequeira, Deputy Director Rita Quadros, Himashree Bhattacharya (external EWC member), Vinaya Suvarna (project coordinator), teachers, parents and students.
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