New Delhi: Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar is planning to introduce a campaign on segregation of waste in schools. At Green School Awards in Delhi on Wednesday, he proposed that the schoolchildren bring dry waste, segregated at home, once a week to school and dump them in the correct bin to further the campaign.
"We can have the five usual bins of different colours set up in schools. This way, the idea extends to home, and doesn't stay at the school level alone," Javadekar said. "For those worried about the load children will have to carry, don't worry. We are working on reducing the bag load instead," he said to an excited applause from the children.
The minister also proposed to begin a 'Nursery in School' campaign. "At the beginning of the academic year, let the child plant a seed in the nursery, watch it sprout, learn to tend to the soil and the plant, and take it home at the end of the year as a memento. He will grow with the plant," he said, adding that he will discuss the matter with Anil Madhav Dave, minister of state (independent charge) for environment, forest and climate change, to take the idea forward.
Felicitating various schools across the country for their work in areas of land, food, waste management, and water and power conservation, Javadekar said their work would act as an inspiration.
Department of Environment in Delhi was given the award for getting the most number of schools enrolled in Green School programme, which was started by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).
However, only one Delhi school, Pinnacle School in Panchsheel Enclave, got the award. "This is because Delhi schools do not walk the talk on conservation," said Sunita Narain, the director general of CSE. The school has ranked 10th for being a no-plastic and no-junk-food institute, and for proper waste segregation. The top rank was given to Mount Litera Zee School from Moga, Punjab.