Government High School, Tilak Nagar, Raipur, has won the first prize this year, for their project 'Water Drop - A Precious Pearl' in Volvo Adventure Programme to save water. The team will now compete in the global finals at Goteborg, Sweden. It is followed by Chennai's Kola Perumal School for their project on 'Waste water has life-reuse it'. They have won a special cash award of Rs. 40,000.
The winners were chosen from over 270 global entries, 58 among them being Indian projects. The projects have been rated on four criteria: Understanding of the problem, actions taken, results obtained and involvement of young people.
The national winners get an all expenses paid trip to attend the Volvo Adventure Conference in Sweden, present their environmental project and practical action to a jury of international experts, show their project to the world by publishing it on the Volvo Adventure Project/ Website and a chance to win $10,000, $6,000 or $4,000 prize to fund the environmental project.
The winning project involves a team of five students, all aged 13. On their way to school, they noticed that many of the municipal corporation taps did not have stoppers and were overflowing. To stop this and save water, the students decided to donate one day's pocket money allowance every month and buy taps for the water pipes. In tandem, the students carried out street plays, slogans and leaflets.