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Students of 100 schools in dist to get lessons in environment conservation

JALANDHAR: As many as 100 schools across the district will be getting lessons in environment conservation under the Microsoft Create to Inspire School in the district.



Aparna Banerji

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 23

As many as 100 schools across the district will be getting lessons in environment conservation under the Microsoft Create to Inspire School in the district.

Launched by PAHAL, NGO, in association with Microsoft India, the programme will see the students of 40 government and 60 private schools in the district being trained in exercises for environment protection and sustainable living. The Microsoft Create to Inspire School Programme is a thought leadership initiative for school students.

While the project will be run in 4,000 schools across the country in Punjab, Jalandhar, Chandigarh and Amritsar districts have been chosen by Microsoft to run projects in. Across the state, it shall be run in 200 schools.

Notably, the PAHAL also wrote to the Punjab State Council of Science and Technology (PSCST) regarding the participation of school children in the project. The PSCST, Education Department and Punjab Pollution Control Board are the eco-system partners in the project.

President PAHAL, Professor Lakhbir Singh said the programme aims to build capacity of teachers from the participating schools, provide them with an advanced environmental curriculum mapped to existing subjects, and via them, engage with students on environment. He added that programme is an enabler for ‘Swachh Bharat’ and ‘Smart Citizenship’.

Talking about the structure of the programme, Liakatbir Singh, project manager, said, “The prime purpose is to get students to know about their environment, to track it, prevent its degeneration and to seek the aid of the authorities wherever they feel it’s needed. For this purpose, each school will be given 14 toolkits relating to different exercises. The teachers have been trained in the conduct of these exercises and they will further train students.”

While the second workshop to accord training to teachers of these 100 schools was held yesterday, in all these schools students will be carrying out these exercises in the upcoming few months.

Liakatbir said, “The different toolkits include exercises on valuing bio-diversity, mimicking nature, turn off save on, demystifying carbon footprint, journey of waste, design for environment, think before buying, unpacking the packaging waste, e-wareness, Water everywhere to where, be a petitioner for cause, Organic food- good for you among others. Under these students will do detailed exercises in teams allocated by their teachers. Like one team will be of water detectives who will look into water leaks, wastage on their school campus for months and report about it. If there is a leak with the supply or a serious trouble, even help from the department concerned will be taken. Another will track wastes – from schools canteens, homes, see where they go what is done to them after they are picked up for a dump by rag pickers and they are recycled. Yet another team will work on control of wastes. So in the course of these exercises over months, students will be considerably sensitised towards the environment in months like no textbook can teach them.”

PAHAL teams shall also supervise the projects and check on progress in schools.

The second induction workshop of the project, held at the ‘NIRMAAN’ school of holistic education, saw the participation of 120 teacher-in-charges from 70 schools. Over the years, Microsoft has a plan to reach out thousands of schools in the district through the project.

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