EDU-STATION: The Green Room

The 'Clean Ramanbaug,Green Ramanbaug' initiative by students and teachers of New English School,Ramanbaug,aims to make the school more environment friendly.

Written by Swasti Chatterjee | Published: March 22, 2012 2:52:57 am

The ‘Clean Ramanbaug,Green Ramanbaug’ initiative by students and teachers of New English School,Ramanbaug,aims to make the school more environment friendly.

The corridors leading to the main ground are spotless. A walk into the classrooms leaves one impressed – the chairs are neatly lined up,the bulletin boards are immaculately arranged and the teacher’s podium is very organised. In a bid to make the campus dirt free and eco-friendly,New English School (NES),Ramanbaug,is working on transforming its premises.

The campaign was flagged off by ex-students from the batches of 1976 and 1987,at the school grounds on March 17. Called ‘Clean Ramanbaug,Green Ramanbaug’,the year-long drive aims at including several other city schools too.

This campaign includes participation from students of all the classes. “It took 30 minutes for 2000-odd children to make the campus speck free,” says R N Kande,assistant headmaster of NES,Ramanbaug. Later,the collected waste was sent to the Pune Municipal Corporation for recycling. The students and teachers also swept the entire ground and worked on the purification of the water tank.

“It is surprising to see how ex-students came together for this drive. Reunions like this should happen every year. We are proud of the training we provide to our students,” says S Kamble,supervisor. The eco-green project will also involve activities like planting trees,rain harvesting and producing bio-gas through waste food and vegetable peels. “Rain water will be collected in several tanks and put to good use later. By July this year,we plan to construct a wind mill to save electricity,” adds Kande. The drive also involves teachers who were given a month’s training before they could instruct students. “We believe in activity-based education more than knowledge limited to books alone. Thus we included teachers as well,” adds Kamble.

Clean Ramanbaug,Green Ramanbaug has also involved several NGOs. They are assisting the students in their effort. Shashwat,an eco-friendly organisation which promotes environmental education and capacity building,has teamed up with the school. “We are planning to widen the reach of this environmental drive and include all the schools under the Deccan Education Society (DES),” says Pradnya Thakur,director of Shashwat. This project includes an eco-friendly Ganesh festival ,summer camps and recycling products brought from home. “A workshop on using shadow clay and paper pulp,making decorations with corroded materials and eco-games will engage students in the initiative to make the school a greener place to study at,” adds Thakur.

Convocation ceremony

The Indira National School Pre-primary section organised a convocation ceremony wherein 220 senior KG students of Indira Kids Aundh and Baner “graduated” at Dhruva Auditorium of Indira College of Commerce and Science. The programme was presided by Dr Tarita Shankar and group director . Chetan Wakalkar. Actress Renuka Shahane was the chief guest. The children clad in interesting costumes also danced to some popular Bollywood songs. The teachers also participated and sang their own version of Kolaveri Di. Shahane,who dubbed it a “fantastic show”,said,“Thank you for making me a part of this.” Shankar added,“Parents should strike a balance between love and discipline. One shouldn’t pressurise children; instead,lead by example.”

Annual Concert

The First Five Preschool at Baner held its annual concert on March 18 with the theme – ‘It’s a small world’. The children took the audience through a lively journey of world cultures in traditional costumes. These small wonders did their best to bring in the flavours of the East and West through song and dance. The children took the parents on a virtual trip to countries like Spain,America,Brazil,UAE,China and so on while the youngest playschool kids swayed to the tunes of “I love my India”. The LKG Russian Cossack dancers in their beautiful dresses and boots enthralled the audience with their performance. The Japanese way of life was showcased by the Nursery girls in kimonos as they performed the traditional fan dance. The elaborate hairstyles and the slow deliberate choreography depicted the beauty of the country. The parents of the youngest batch of playschool children also took centerstage with their little ones and danced to the Bangladeshi,Malaysian,Scottish and Hawaiian tunes. The show stopper was the play by the Upper Kindergarten. They added a twist to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as the seven dwarfs belonged to seven different countries.

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