New Role for NGOs – E Waste Management

Delhi Public School (DPS)-Patna, Foundation School-Buxar and Shri Ram Centennial School (SRCS)-Patna were rewarded at a workshop here on Tuesday for their commitment towards working for a sustainable environment. It was organized under Karo Sambhav school programme, which aims at building awareness and inspiring students to act on recycling of e-waste (waste from old and unused electronic equipment).

Dps was rewarded for maximum collection of e-waste, Foundation School-Buxar for best execution of toolkits and SRCS-Patna got the best sustainable school award. Senior scientist of Bihar State Pollution Control Board Naveen Kumar honoured the representatives of the schools and appreciated their endeavours. “Such programmes encourage the students to lead a sustainable life and inspire them to become the catalysts of change,” Kumar said.

Around 75 schools from across the state participated in the three-phase awareness programme over a period of four months. In the initial phase, teachers were given training on the specially designed toolkit, consisting of six exercises based on circular economy, understanding waste, design for environment, e-waste introduction and collection, petitions and potential career options in the field of environment.
Organisers said the e-waste awareness initiatives, first of its kind in the country, comprise strategies like circular economy and inspiring the students and teachers alike to take actions in their daily lives. “We have designed a curriculum which enables development of teacher’s competence and empowers them to achieve the goals. We target students as it would cover many households in the city and make recyclable chain more environment-friendly.”

The teachers and students explained how the programme helped them to become responsible citizens to make the cleaner, greener and smarter city.