Six years on, we can proudly say we have more than met our objectives and goals. Today, our presence is pan-India with more than 15,000 schools in our network. The major components of the Green Schools Programme (GSP), apart from the manual, are a training workshop, an error-proof audit process, certification and an annual award ceremony, rewarding top 25 performers from across the country for their enterprise and innovative skills.
Our partners include National Green Corps, Ministry of Environment and Forests State nodal offices and school chains, both Government and private. We have also been working closely with a number of NGOs.
The excitement in and around the programme is growing. A sharper assessment process, an improved training programme, valuable new products and a fresh, enriching website—all are on the anvil. We have recently published a stimulating activity book for middle, secondary and senior secondary students, enabling them to learn about environment by engaging in out-of-the-ordinary activities. Our second Green Schools Programme manual ‘How green is my locality?' will be launched soon, making it possible for schools to engage their neighbourhood in efforts to save the environment.
Who says Environment is only for the policy makers and on paper?
We live it everyday.
Come, join us in this exciting journey!
This is the moment of gospel truth and before we go on to tell you about our training programme and the audit process, it is quintessential for us to introduce to you our Bible— The Green School Programme Manual.
The Manual is a guide book that explains step-by-step, how to audit natural resources like water, air, energy, waste, and land, within the premises of a school. It introduces a new methodology for assessing the performance of the school community as a manager of these natural resources. It also highlights the significance and relevance of eco-friendly practices, helping students to develop a holistic perspective, and suggests practical, doable mitigation measures.
Originally published in English, the Manual has since been translated into Hindi and five regional languages (Kannada, Telugu, Gurmukhi, Urdu, Gujarati) and Arabic. Our second Green Schools Programme Manual ‘How green is my locality?' will be launched soon. Excited? Wait till you acquaint yourself with our training programme!
The training includes activities, interactive sessions, films and presentations on following issues:
|Energy conser-vation||Waste segregation|
|Rainwater harvesting||Commuting practices||Biodiversity||Renewable energy||Waste reuse/
|Sanitation||Oxygen balance||Pesticide use||Climate change||Waste disposal|
Teachers’ trainings are of two types:
1. In-house: Organised at our Delhi office.
One participant: Rs1000
Two participants representing same organisation: Rs 1800
Inclusive of meals and refreshments.
Travel to the venue and lodging, boarding for outstation participants is extra.
2. Outstation: A group of a minimum of 50 individuals has to be organised by the interested organisation/institution.
Rs 1000 per participant.
The organisation/institution arranging the workshop will bear travel, lodging and boarding expenses of two CSE resource personnel.
The host organisation/ institution will be responsible for arranging timely refreshments for all participants at the venue. A computer, a LCD projector, a board (black or white) and calculators (10) will have to be arranged at the venue by the host.
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The aim of this self-assessment is to enable the school community to understand what can be done to improve their school’s environmental performance. For the past five years, thousands of students and teachers from across India have produced environmental report cards of their schools and initiated the process of transforming their schools into Green Schools. The aim is to quantify their achievements, as well as identify shortfalls that require awareness and attention. This methodology aims to monitor four crucial aspects of the environmental performance of the school. These are:
Green............................................. 70 to 100 % 350 - 500 points
Yellow............................................ 50 to 69.9% 250 - 349 points
Orange........................................... 35 to 49.9% 175 - 249 points
Red................................................. 0 to 34.9% 0 - 174 points
* Verification of green schools report by CSE will be on genuineness of data and involvement of students.
Top 10 Change Makers
These awards are given to the schools with best environmental practices in India. We take all five GSP Manual chapters (Water, Air, Land, Energy and Waste) into account. Schools that have submitted their Green Schools Report more than once are eligible.
Top 10 New Schools
These awards are given to the schools with best environmental practices in India. All five GSP Manual chapters (Water, Air, Land, Energy and Waste) are taken into account. Schools submitting their report for the first time are eligible.
These awards are for schools submitting Green Schools Report for the first time for any four GSP Manual chapters. Top ranking schools under each chapter are awarded separately. Schools applying for Green Schools Awards under the ‘Top 10 Change Makers’ and ‘Top 10 New Schools’ categories are not eligible to apply for this category.
State level Awards
In an effort to acknowledge a greater number of schools for their participating, the Centre for Science and Environment has assisted some state governments to introduce state level awards for schools within their jurisdiction. Andaman and Nicobar, Punjab, Sikkim, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh constituted state level awards in 2009. The Delhi Government also constituted the Chief Minister's rolling trophy for the top Delhi school.
Top state performers are eligible to compete for national awards.
We have also found partners in central government run school chains run by Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan and Navoday Vidyalaya Samiti. These school chains have their head office in Delhi with whom we associate. These schools are further administered from zones with whom we communicate for distribution of manuals and training programmes.
Non government agencies working with schools on environment related issues in various parts of the country have also partnered with us to take the Green Schools Programme to schools in their network. Even individuals associated with schools working on environment related issues have chosen to partner with the Green Schools Programme.
Environment today is centre-stage
Environment today is playing a crucial role in shaping economies, influencing policies, and deciding the fate of heads of states. Internally, it is a priority issue in the agenda of every sector—from industry to agriculture. So, it is time we got the most important segment of the population, the students, on board in this discourse. It is now imperative to build up skills, and deepen their knowledge base in these issues. Programmes like the GSP provide them the platform to express their views, as well as an opportunity to experiment on the ground.
Our track record shows that most of the GSP participants have opted to repeat the audit process year after year. Clearly, the objective has been not just to win a contest, but to gauge if they have been able to improve their score cards and become better managers of environment. This is a very significant trend. It proves that schools, as a community, can play a tremendously important role in bringing about sweeping changes in the lifestyle and psyche of the people.
• GSP’s primary challenge has been to provide the students an opportunity to learn about environment not by memorizing yet another text book, but by ‘doing’. So during the past years, all those who participated in this programme, came out of the classrooms to do various things—count, weigh, measure, explore, investigate, and analyse.
• Through this process, GSP attempts to drive home the message that the connotation of the word ‘environment’ is not limited to trees, birds and tigers. It includes all the key components that make up a human being’s life and livelihood.
• Even though Environment is not yet being taught as a separate subject in most schools across the country, the programme has blended in smoothly with the current curriculum. Teachers, irrespective of the boards they are affiliated to, have adapted the activities suggested in the book as per the prescribed syllabi quite effortlessly.
Green Schools Programme
Ashish Shah, Deputy Coordinator
Ajanta Sikdar, Assistant Coordinator