Project Green Glow - Empowering School Teachers as Green Leaders
GOING GREEN - TEACHERS THE CHANGE AGENT
Teachers play a crucial role in creating and influencing the attitude and actions of children and there by of the community. Keeping this in mind, Rotary Learning Center supported by Rotary Yelahanka partnered with Citizens Forum Yelahanka New Town represented by Dr.K.S Sangunni, Professor at IISC to organize a two day Green Leaders Training Programme for school teachers on 12 & 13 December 2009 at
National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development, Yelahanka (NIPCCD) Bangalore Karnataka India. The programme was attended by 64 teachers from 20 schools.
The programme was inaugurated by PDG Madhura Chatrapathi in the presence of Dr Tripathi, Deputy Director of NIPCCD and Mr. Mysore Virupaksha, Jt Commissioner,BBMP. PDG mentioned in her inaugural address the permission to be taken from the Forest Department or the BBMP before felling a tree even if it is in your compound and suggested that children can monitor this and can inform the authority concerned. New rule introduced to have minimum number of trees to be planted in each plot was mentioned by Mr. Mysore Virupaksha.During the two days, various resource persons interacted with the teachers on Biodiversity, Resource Conservation, Energy Conservation, Composting, Waste Paper Management and Climate Change.
The above was reinforced by way of creative visualization as well. The teachers in turn will implement identified green projects such as waste segregation, creating environmental awareness, reaching out to the nearby community in their respective institutions. Each school will be provided with 4 bins free to start the waste segregation. Mr. S. Vishawanath M.L.A and Dr Tara, Director NIPCCD graced the valedictory session and gave away the certificates. Mr. S. Vishawanath highlighted importance of looking at traditional practices in keeping environment live and kicking. He specifically spoke about his effort in rejuvenating Arkavati River and tanks of Bangalore. Participants expressed their happiness in attending the programme as they were exposed to various environmental concerns which they did not know prior to attending the programme such as importance of waste segregation.
Rtn Bharath Curam, Rtn Kishor Jagirdar, Rtn Dr Radhakrishna and Rtn Paul M were involved in organizing the event and also participated in various sessions. Dr Sungunni and Dr Laksmi Iyer facilitated and co-ordinate d with the resources while Mr Padamanabh a senior Citizen Forum leader worked behind the scenes to organize the programme and co-ordination with the sponsors namely ITC group of companies and UB group Kingfisher .
The Project Green Glow under which this training programme was organized will continue the involvement in supporting the teachers to take up the initiative in their schools and will act or facilitate as the resources in future. Recognizing the best project implemented during the next few months is also being planned. Overall the program achieved the purpose of sensitizing the school teachers on going green and the role they can play in their schools and the community.