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Eco clubs to spread the green word

The Dhanbad district education department is on a green mission this monsoon.

It has written to government high and middle schools to constitute eco clubs to help keep campuses clean and green.

According to district education officer (DEO) Policorp Tirkey, the eco clubs comprising students of Classes IX and X will carry out plantation drives on their respective campus and would also spread awareness about environmental conservation.

“Though eco clubs already exist in 142 schools of the district, we are targeting 100 new schools this time,” said Tirkey, adding that around Rs 500 is being provided to each school from the HRD department every year for tree plantation and other activities.

“As there are only 120 high schools in the district, we will also ask middle schools to set up the clubs,” said Tirkey, adding one of the criteria for selection is that the school must have a concrete boundary wall. Some schools without walls would also be selected and the trees would act as natural boundaries.

“The clubs are headed by a teacher and comprises 30-50 students of Class IX and X and their basic job is to protect the environment, plant trees and create an ambient atmosphere in the school,” revealed deputy director of higher education in Jharkhand Rajkumar Prasad Singh.

Besides tree plantation, members of eco clubs also decorate the schools with attractive paintings and posters that carry a message.