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GB Nagar schools to form eco clubs for environmental studies: Officials

The eco clubs will promote environmental studies, participate in plantation drives and organise other activities

cities Updated: Sep 03, 2018 04:13 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Noida
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The eco clubs will be formed under the Nation Green Core (NGC) scheme introduced by the Central government in 2001-02.(REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)

Schools across Gautam Budh Nagar district will have to form eco clubs to promote environmental studies, participate in plantation drives and organise other activities. The clubs will be monitored by the forest department and district administration.

According to officials, the decision to start eco clubs was taken by the state government — financial support will be given to a maximum of 250 schools in every district. The clubs will be formed under the Nation Green Core (NGC) scheme introduced by the Central government in 2001-02.

“Through these clubs, students will be sensitised towards the preservation of environment with the help of interesting new teaching techniques and extracurricular activities,” PK Srivastava, divisional forest officer, said.

All schools with classes up to 12 can start eco clubs with 30 to 50 students. The principal of every school will head the club while a teacher will supervise.

Some of the functions of the eco clubs include the coaching of children by master trainers, visits and excursions to forest areas for better understanding of environmental concerns, plantation drives, the research and study of environmental problems in every district and group activities for providing solutions, as well as training to make natural dyes and medicinal herbs.

Eco clubs will also be expected to establish a small fruit garden and seed bank in their schools. All schools will strive to be ‘green schools’ and will take environment-friendly steps to keep their surroundings clean. Periodically, the best school or eco club will also be awarded for the activities undertaken.

“These are small steps that children can take at their own level, while the government will also help by providing master trainers and other resources whenever required,” Srivastava added.

He said that beginning the activity with children would help sensitise adults through them more easily.

First Published: Sep 03, 2018 04:12 IST