Ranchi, July 1: School students will don the mantle of crusaders to make the district greener and spread awareness among family and friends.
In a meeting with principals of schools and civil society members, district education officer S.K. Mishra said that a decision was taken to float eco-clubs and inspire students to work for environment conservation.
Every school will boast these clubs, which will take up eco-friendly activities like planting trees on campus and elsewhere, setting up of rainwater harvesting systems in neighbourhoods and promote plastic ban.
Participants at the meet suggested that the district education cell should ensure that the club members plant trees on campus during this monsoon. They also proposed that the students needed be motivated to plant trees in their gardens as well.
“We have written to schools that already have eco-clubs to hold frequent activities like seminars and give the students tips on how to go green. The schools, which do not have eco-clubs, are being directed to form them as soon as possible,” said Sudhir Kumar, an official of the district education office.
Principals of around 100 schools have already formed clubs, where teachers address the students about environmental concerns. From this year, the mission area will increase and students will get hands-on experience.
In another 100-odd schools, which have come up in the past two years, district officials have spoken to the principals asking them to start the clubs immediately
Rainwater harvesting in buildings is another point on the agenda of the district education office and the officials want to spread the message through schoolchildren. They will encourage parents and neighbours to set up the system on rooftops.
“If space permits, the principals of private and minority schools are being asked to set up rainwater harvesting system on school buildings. We will write to the human resource development department for special funds to install the water conservation set-up in government schools,” said an official of Ranchi district education office.
Members of Total Environment Movement (TEAM) of Ranchi have started their own drive by planting trees in the city and will be lending a helping hand to students.
“We have offered to help schools in Ranchi in conducting plantation drives and campaigning against polythene bags. We will also hold seminars and educate students on environmental issues,” said Manoj Kumar, the co-ordinator of TEAM.