Shillong, October 27: Karo Sambhav has launched an e-waste awareness initiative in the schools of Meghalaya in association with Rongjeng Technologies. Held at the Don Bosco Youth Center, the programme saw the participation of teachers from 26 high schools of Shillong.
The Karo Sambhav school programme aims at creating awareness on critical environmental issues such as Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipments (WEEE), engaging students on preventive environmental strategies like circular economy, and inspiring them to take actions in their daily lives. The programme enables development of 21st century skills of collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, communication, ICT competencies and real-world problem solving by deploying contemporary pedagogical practices in the classroom.
For the academic year 2017-18, the programme shall engage 1000+ schools across India in alignment with the State Education Departments and the State Pollution Control Boards. The programme is an enabler for ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, ‘Digital India’, and ‘Smart Cities’.
The programme shall make an impact on several stakeholders like students, their peers, parents, relatives, and communities to critically evaluate and consider the environmental impact of existing lifestyles, and move towards a creation of a circular economy. The school programme encourages the students to lead a sustainable lifestyle, and inspires them to become the catalysts of change, as the name itself suggests, Karo Sambhav.
The program consists of three phases divided over a period of four months. In the initial phase, teachers will be given a training on the specially designed toolkit for the purpose, 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. Thereafter, teachers will be working in their schools with the students on various activities, community projects, practical field-work.