Today, 23 Schools from the state of Jharkhand came together in a E – Waste Management Workshop under Karo Sambhav school program, to honour their commitment towards working for a sustainable environment. The principal partners sponsoring this programme are Apple, Dell, HP and Lenovo.   

The ‘Felicitation Workshop’ was organized by Change Alliance and School Partner Guru Nanak Higher Secondary School, PP Compound Ranchi, as a part of the ongoing Karo Sambhav school programme. 

Karo Sambhav school programme aimed at creating awareness on critical environmental issues e.g. Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipments (WEEE), engaging students on preventive environmental strategies like circular economy, and inspiring them to take actions in their daily lives. The programme enables development of 21st century skills of collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, communication, ICT competencies and real-world problem solving, by deploying contemporary pedagogical practices in the classroom. We have designed a curriculum which enables development of teacher’s competence and empowers them to achieve the above mentioned goals.

For academic year 2017-18, the programme engaged 1000+ schools across India in alignment with the State Education Departments, and the State Pollution Control Boards. The programme is an enabler for ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, ‘Digital India’, and ‘Smart Cities’. 

The program consisted of three phases divided over a period of 4 months.  In the initial phase, teachers were given a training on the specially designed toolkit for the programme, consisting of 6 exercises based on Circular Economy, Understanding Waste, Design for environment, E-waste introduction and Collection, Petitions and Potential career options in the field of Environment. Thereafter, teachers worked in their schools with the students on various activities, community projects and practical field-work. 

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Here are some of the highlights from the workshop:
•    40 Teachers from 23 school participated in the programmes (13 Private Schools - Ursuline Convent, Escort International School, St. Francis School, Cambrian Public School, Guru Govind Singh School, St. Anthony School, DAV   Public School, RTC CBSE School and Gurunanak Higher Secondary School, Kendriya Vidhayala Hinoo, Lala Lajpatray Pundag ) 10 Government Schools – Chotanagpur Girls High School, PSV school, Model High School, Seth Sitram Vijyavargiya High School, Azad High School, Bal krishna School, A.S.T.V.S Zila School, etc. 
•    Teachers felt the need to become responsible citizens to make the cleaner, greener and smarter city by taking up the awareness programme on E-waste management in their respective school. 
•    Through students, e-waste awareness programme reach would cover to many households in the city and make recyclable chain more environment friendly and proper depositions with fair trade business.
•    Ensure socially security schemes of the government reach to the rag pickers, slum dwellings, etc. 
•    Srikanth Tiwary, Scientist – State Pollution Board, Government of Jharkhand as Chief Guest emphasized that such awareness programmes are very critical and ensure that Pollution Board shall partner with Karo Sambhav & Change Alliance to bring about some institutional measures to address the issues that are engaged with E-Waste Management and communities. 
•    Dr. Manohar Lal, Principal – Gurunanak Higher School assured that one bigger programmes are required where more than 100 schools participate and take resolution to undertake E- waste Programme in their respective schools by engaging students and gradually reach out to the households. 

Srikanth Tiwary, Scientist – State Pollution Board, Government of Jharkhand as Chief Guest, Dr. Manohar Lal, Principal – Gurunanak Higher School PP Compound Ranchi as Special Guest and Johnson Topno, State Head – Change Alliance and Ms. Chandana – Coordinator, Education Programme, Change Alliance graced the occasion and motivated the Teachers to undertake campaign in their respective schools on e-waste management. 

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