A festival to make environment studies more accessible to schoolkids
- GST Bill in Rajya Sabha this week, Jaitley to discuss amendments with state finance ministers
- Narsingh Yadav fails dope test, Rio 2016 Olympics participation under threat
- AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan arrested for threatening a woman
- Kin of missing AN-32 passengers, crew: Across the country, they wait for word, hoping and praying
- Kashmir unrest: Of 317 with pellet injuries in action by CRPF, over 50% have been hit in eye
Even after the introduction of Environmental Studies (EVS) as a compulsory subject in all schools following a Supreme Court ruling, the subject — being a graded one — is often taken lightly by most students. In a bid to make environmental studies easy through fun and activity-based learning, the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has designed activity modules for secondary municipal school students.
As part of the project, TERI organised an eco fest for students of TMC schools on Friday. Around 400 students from over eight schools participated in various competitions based on environment themes at the fest. Thane deputy mayor Ashok Bhoir said: "The eco fest is a welcome change for these schoolchildren, most of whom rely on bookish knowledge. It will make school students understand the importance of environment conservation."
TERI and TMC had specifically chosen Class IX students as they have to prepare EVS projects as part of their curriculum. "The fest not only serves as a medium to create awareness among students and teachers about their local environment but also to encourage them to take up short-term projects. We chose TMC schools because we wanted to provide these students with opportunities to learn and get involved in saving ecology," said Kedar Gore, research associate, TERI.
Rekha Vijaykar, principal, Guru Har Kishan High School, Santacruz, concurs: "We usually have to push students to make good projects. We ensure that EVS doesn't get boring by organising excursions. EVS is a subject that has to be made interesting."
For Sachin Panhalkar, student of TMC school number 5, EVS had always been 'dull' till he decided to work on a project on paper recycling for the eco fest. "Our teachers worked with us closely and helped us in making these objects of papier mache. We also made a plastic mattress out of waste plastic found in Upvan lake," he said.
- Kashmir unrest: A to-do list for PM Modi
- Not too late to reverse an ugliness spreading in the name of our sacred cows
- Arvind Kejriwal is uncomfortable with anyone with a mind of his own
- Not just the Arunachal switch but the choice of Sheila Dikshit for the UP are warnings to the BJP
- Gujarat unrest shows while Dalit lives have improved, conflict has increased
- Zakir Naik is ‘protected’ as an Indian citizen but he considers himself a Muslim first