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What's the impact?

What's the Impact?

The Gobar Times Green Schools Programme commenced in the year 2005. It has completed two phases, and prepared for the third. More than 3500 schools have already become its members. Sounds impressive. But how effective is the programme really?

To answer this, we decided to do a reality check in schools that have participated in both the Gobar Times Green Schools Awards. We asked GSP teams what have they done for the environment as part of the GSP, and what has been the impact? Here is what they had to say…

Photo - Teacher and Students of Kerala Public School finding water consumption
1. Govt. Senior Secondary School, Boormajra, Ropar, Punjab

The school has won fabulously the GT-GSP award in both the years. What is the key to this spectacular success? The school installed a rainwater harvesting system on 20 May 2007. It has managed to reduce the number of vehicles used by the staff. And the students have had a great impact on the village in which it is located… More smokeless chullahs have been installedThe village has been declared a non-smoking area. Burning of waste has been stopped. Huge number of saplings have been planted. Solar cookers are being widely used “If all the schools start adopting GSP, the problem of environmental degradation can be solved in no time”, says Baljeet Brar, the GSP coordinator.

2. Kerala Public School, Kadma, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand

In September 2006, a GSP workshop was organised by CSE in the school. “It inspired the Eco Club incharges of 24 schools of Jamshedpur to be part of the Green School Programme”, says Saurabhi Pathak, the GSP coordinator of KPS Kadma. Now, the GSP has become a part of the curriculum in this school! In the academic year 2007-2008, GSP replaced the conventional EVS books for standard VIII. Some other interesting initiatives include:

  • A children’s park near the school was used as dump yard by the residents of the area. The school’s Eco Club members cleaned up all the garbage, and planted 100 saplings. The park now has a new look. And the residents have pledged to care of it.
  • The school worked on a programme for saving nonrenewable resources (like petrol), and encouraged the use of alternatives like cycling and walking.
  • Waste management team of the GSP encourages everyone to minimise waste generation and emphasis on the ‘Five R’ principle. Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Repair and Refuse.
  Changes introduced by Kerala Public School, Kadma, Jamshedpur  
  Reuse of one side-used paper Less consumption of paper. Saved money.  
  Use of saw dust and wooden filling (produced while making school furniture) in the kitchen garden Reduces evaporation of water thus, saving water. Less consumption of electricity to pump the water.  
  Cycle rally Number of teachers and students using cycle increased. Less consumption of fuel. Less pollution.  
  Conducting Sarathi Diwas Awareness on safety rules. Use of illegal LPG cylinders in private vehicles stopped.  
  Pollution check-up More regular checks of vehicles.  
  Demonstrations of SODI (Pvt.
company) water treatment process
Awareness on germ-free pure water. Saved electricity and fuel.  
  Demonstration on use of Vetiver
(grass native to India)
Awareness on prevention on soil erosion and purification of water  
  Exploring flora and fauna Brought students and staff close to nature. Made them realise the importance of biodiversity and conserving them.  

3. Deeplaya School, Kakaji Ext, New Delhi

The GSP coordinator of the school Parminder Kaur Gulati says:

  • The school has changed the way it manages waste. All the stages of waste management – source, collection, recycling and disposal have been transformed.
  • Water spillage from drinking water troughs is used for irrigating lawns.
  • Students conserve energy by making sure that all the switches are turned off when the classrooms are empty.

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Photo : Principal, students from Boormajra school with their rainwater harvesting unit

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