Mail News Service
Noamundi: Taking forward its baton of environmental initiative, Tata Steel showcased its Green School projects from Jharkhand and Odisha during the inaugural session of the World Sustainable Development Summit 2019 being held at New Delhi. M Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India graced the occasion as Chief Guest. The theme for this year’s seminar is ‘Attaining the 2030 Agenda: Delivering on Our Promise’.
The summit is being attended by representatives from several international organisations like UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), the World Bank Group, WRI (World Resources Institute), IEA (International Energy Agency), International Solar Alliance and Shell International. Several ministries under government of India like Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Ministry of Earth Sciences, as well as private institutions are part of this event.
On day one, under the Act4Earth thematic category, the session on ‘Making Change Happen’ was held where school teachers along field experts shared their experiences from the Green School Project. They spoke about Community Impact projects being undertaken in Phase II of Green School wherein students are encouraged to make a direct impact in their immediate neighbourhood and community by taking up projects like river cleaning, awareness rallies, restoration of natural springs, installing energy efficiency lighting appliances, etc.
Numerous projects taken up by schools at several Tata Steel operational locations across Jharkhand and Odisha were showcased. The Green School project focuses on empowering the next generation through distinct pedagogy, green curricula and project-based learning in mining locations.
In his address, Pankaj Satija, Chief, Regulatory Affairs, Tata Steel said, “Our Green School projects in our operational areas are making change happen. We want to enrich the curriculum with projects, assignments, study material and spread the message of sustainability to all the young minds for a better tomorrow.”
The Green School project is a collaborative effort of Tata Steel and TERI as its knowledge partner to develop environmental consciousness among students of Class Vi to VIII. The ‘educators’ ie teachers from the all the Green School locations participated in the event.
The teachers will also be undergoing a ‘Gamification Workshop’ where they will be taught methods to impart knowledge in a more engaged and fun way so that the students have a more practical understanding of their subjects. This seminar was mainly focused on ‘Rethinking education for a transformative change’ and will also be reaching out to other educators from remote locations of Jharkhand and Odisha.