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Pledges, projects to raise awareness on Yamuna

From environment melas to cleanliness and plantation drives, to visits to a wastewater treatment plant, the action plan, which spans over nine months, details various aspects of Yamuna pollution and lists the environmental activities students need to engage in.

delhi Updated: May 20, 2019 19:41 IST
Kainat Sarfaraz
Kainat Sarfaraz
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Students will be a part of awareness sessions during morning assembly, watch relevant slides from Yamuna Monitoring Committee site and be a part of classroom demonstrations.(Arvind Yadav/HT archive)

Come July, students in all Delhi government schools will be taking pledges to save the environment, and learning about the pollution in the river Yamuna and ways to reduce it.

In a circular issued last week, the Directorate of Education (DOE) laid down the detailed action plan on the matter.

From environment melas to cleanliness and plantation drives, to visits to a wastewater treatment plant, the action plan, which spans over nine months, details various aspects of Yamuna pollution and lists the environmental activities students need to engage in.

The idea was developed after the two-member National Green Tribunal (NGT)-appointed Yamuna pollution monitoring committee had asked the education department to come up with an action plan on how lessons could be imparted to school students.

The action plan would begin with the training of all head of schools (HOS), eco-club in-charges and NSS programme officers of DOE schools on waste management, sewage management, recycling of waste during May-June.

The State Council of Educational Research And Training (SCERT), Delhi Jal Board, and Department of Environment and Industries along with NGOs will also develop a training module for the same.

In the next two months, students will be a part of awareness sessions during morning assembly, watching relevant slides downloaded from Yamuna Monitoring Committee site and be a part of classroom demonstrations on how drainage and industrial waste cause pollution and can be treated.

“Environment pledge will be taken by Students and Teachers on first Monday of every month in the Assembly,” the action plan stated adding that students, teachers and school management committee members will also conduct community-level cleanliness drives and information campaigns.

While teachers have been asked to create awareness through parent-teacher meetings, students will be demonstrating activities learnt in schools in their communities. Creating eco-friendly idols for immersion during festivals has also been recommended along with segregation of waste.

NSS students will also be adopting areas around the river in all 12 districts along with organizing cleanliness and plantation drives. “The plans will be effective if there is more student involvement along with teachers and communities on the site. Only awareness can save us,” said Rakesh Semalty, head of school of RPVV Nand Nagri, adding that the students in his school had already reduced usage of plastic.

Apart from this, students will also be visiting sewage and wastewater treatment plants to learn how waste is treated and tour local biodiversity parks to “have a better understanding of nature.” Schools will also organise an environment mela towards the end of the session to display work done and sensitise the community further.

The District and Zone Deputy Director of Education (DDE) have also been asked to implement the action plan with immediate effect and ensure that the activities mentioned in the plan are conducted with maximum involvement of students, teachers, school management committee (SMC) members and the community. The district officials have also been asked to submit the Action Taken Report on a monthly basis.

First Published: May 20, 2019 07:00 IST