Newsletter : 16- 28 February 2014 Vol. : 51   

School as a reflection of the community, and as a role model to the community.-Puraskar Nominations of Kerala

The outstanding feature of the Handprint of Kerala schools was the two way exchange of the process and benefits of their Handprint actions to the school and the community. Many of the nominated schools are from rural areas where sustainability might be an unheard term but could be a lesson in sustainability for us. The school is a microcosm of the society where students come from, where they are self-motivated to take Handprint actions. The Government Tribal Lower Primary School, Theviyarukunnu is one such ‘Green’ school not only interms of an eco-friendly building but the general ethos of the school where teachers and students are proactive and learn in the environment, about the environment and have taken on projects that have improved the environment around them, for eg. organic gardening, and revival of an old pond in the village.

Another nominee AUP Podavoor School’s activities are so embedded in the ecological and social environment of the village it has full support of the village both interms of financial and social for all their projects which have immense impact, their energy conservation campaign in the pilot run went out to 450 households and this year went out to nearby villages too, with the help of the electricity board.

The schools themselves also become storehouse of Handprint actions which they then impart to the community. Girls at Carmel Girls High School, Thiruvananthapuram carry out several waste management projects in the school like making paper bags and reducing plastic, they have enthusiastically taken it on to teach these skills to the tribal school and to several other schools nearby. The school informs us that their endeavour is to instill compassion in their students, students through these projects which have them reach out and help others, they visit orphanages, differently abled people, the women’s jail in Trivandrum, and spend time with them learning and teaching them or just taking care. These cases bring out the many dimensions of ESD from environment to life skills like compassion helping build citizens who care are capable of doing and caring. Read more about the nominations here.

Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar State Awards Event at Delhi.

The State Level Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar Jury for the Delhi NCR region was organised on 27th February where a total of 12 schools, 4 teachers, and 6 students presented their work and were shortlisted for the Best School, Best Teacher, and Best Student awards respectively. In Delhi, the jury and awards event were clubbed together where nominees presented their action projects to the jury members from the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, CBSE, and the Faculty from Jamia Millia Islamia University, and ArcelorMittal India. The winners are announced on the state page.



Students sing, act and question to convey message of Sustainable Consumption

True to the title of the project 'Create to Inspire' School Program, students from St. Kabir, Naranpura have composed a song on E-waste recycling. They are also doing a play to inspire the students of other classes on the “Importance of proper E-waste Management”. Students of all the lead schools in the project are interviewing neighbors to understand various aspects of e-waste. The data collected by schools will be useful to gain a perspective on school wide and therefore Ahmedabad household e-waste trends. The initiative is modeled as a citizen science initiative whose results will help in setting up an Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation E-Waste disposal system. Stay tuned for more updates on the project here.

CEE launches international Eco-Schools programme

CEE launched the International Eco-Schools Programme in India on 25 February 2014 week with an event at the Ahmedabad campus. The programme is aimed at involving schoolchildren from classes 1-5 in the decision-making process to create a sustainable school. Students will be engaged in Handprint actions in the themes of water, waste, energy, nature and healthy lifestyles. Ecoschools is being implemented in 64 countries around the world. The initiative was flagged off by Ms. Lesley Jones, the board member of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and Kartikeya Sarabhai, Director CEE. Inviting your school to be a part of this programme, get details here                                                       Email: