Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal
Karo Sambhav, a Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO), engaged in developing and implementing responsible electronic waste (e-waste) management solutions across India, organised a felicitation ceremony at The Sanskaar Valley School, Chandanpura in Bhopal today.
The event was organised in conjunction with the successful culmination of the four-month-long school programme, that aimed at building awareness and inspiring students towards recycling of e-waste.
The Programme enabled by principal partners Apple, Dell, HP and Lenovo aims to create awareness among students on critical environmental issues like Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), preventive environmental strategies, and inspiring them to take actions in their daily lives. Other partners of the programme include M-Tech, Savex, and Supertron.
Karo Sambhav has partnered with International Finance Corporation (IFC), a part of World Bank Group, to build sustainable e-waste solutions for India with a focus on awareness generation, capacity building and knowledge exchange.
Talking about the Programme, PranshuSinghal, Founder, Karo Sambhav, said, “Students are the foundation of tomorrow, and our mandate is to not only sensitise them on the need for responsible e-waste management, but also to enable development of 21st century skills.
We have designed the program by employing contemporary pedagogical practices to teach skills like collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, communication, ICT competencies and real-world problem solving.”
Ronojoy Guha Sircar, Consultant, IFC, encouraged the students on their achievements and said, “Students are our e-waste program’s most important ambassadors for positive change because of their genuine influence and the number of people they reach through their families and friends.”
Designed for students from class 5 to 10, the programme was carried out in 25 schools in Bhopal. During the felicitation ceremony students, teachers and schools were awarded under 5 categories.
Delhi Public School (Kolar Road) was awarded for maximum e-waste collection of 36kg out of a total e-waste collection of 76kg. DelhiPublic School (Kolar Road) and Fr. Agnel School, Gandhinagar jointly won the Best Execution of Toolkit. The Sanskaar Valley School was awarded under three categories: Best Sustainable School, Best Community Outreach Programme and Social Media Champ.
“I thought I was educated, however today’s KaroSambhav program had proved me wrong. I knew so little about e waste” said Mr. Raghu Pandey, Internet maturity councillor at State Cyber Police, Madhya Pradesh.
In order to increase the efficacy of the program, the curriculum of the program was designed as a toolkit of 6 exercises to enable development of participating teachers’ competence and to empower them to provide enriching practical experience to the students.
Also, the awards were given based on the continuous field visits, and communication established with the participating schools by Juana Technologies Pvt Ltd, the execution partner of Karo Sambhav in Bhopal.
Under the programme Karo Sambhav has engaged with almost 1000 schools across India over the span of a year, in alignment with the State Education Departments, and the State Pollution Control Boards.