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Students learn to cut pollution at Mumbai’s Chandivali school, impart lessons at home

Students of Pawar Public School are taught to recycle waste such as e-waste, plastic bottles and wet waste

mumbai Updated: Dec 18, 2017 16:20 IST
Yesha Kotak
Yesha Kotak
Hindustan Times
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A students adds a plastic bottle to the collection box. The bottles are later sent for recycling.(Satyabtara Tripathy/HT)

The students and staff of Pawar Public School, Chandivali had organised a cyclothon on Sunday morning to encourage citizens to adapt an alternate lifestyle and help reduce pollution in the city.

However, this is just one of the many days in the lives of the students of the school, who regularly collect plastic bottles, newspapers, e-waste and wet waste from their houses, and then recycle or dispose them off in eco-friendly ways.

Ask Madhura Phadke, principal of the school, why she decided to initiate various environmental initiatives for the school, she says she was asked to practise the same by her grandparents when she was younger.

“We teach students to recycle left over papers to make a book, which is used by the admin staff and teachers. Also, our logbooks have been used to make a stool in the reading area,” said Phadke.

The school also takes students of class 7 and 8 to the rainwater harvesting plant on the premises to teach them about the conservation of water.

Primary and pre-primary students are asked to dispose off their wet waste in the vermiculture pit at the school, and all students collect plastic bottles and newspapers from their homes to recycle them into different products.

Apart from that, the school has recently installed solar panels, which is helping them conserving energy.

The also school collected around 574kg of newspapers in six months until October and sent it to National Association for Disabled people, who recycle it to make paper bags out of it.

As a part of the Socially Useful Project Work (SUPW), which is also a part of the curriculum under the ICSE council, students also work on initiatives wherein they recycle newspapers to make paper bags.

Last month, primary students from the school had visited a local super market with the paper bags, to discourage people from using plastic bags.

In an attempt to encourage students to adopt environment-friendly ways, the school has asked students, who are divided into various houses, to collect plastic bottles, which are later given for recycling.

Each house is awarded points depending on the number of plastic bottles collected, which are added up at the end of the year.

“We started the process of inculcating environmental values in students, but what helped was associating it with points. It brought about a competitive spirit in them, and urged them to work harder for environment,” said Manisha Kothari, headmistress of primary section.

First Published: Dec 11, 2017 11:28 IST