Green and Clean School and Consumer Education - India

O.P. Jindal School, Raigarh (CG) India strives hard to make the students aware of environmental issues. It regularly conducts a wide range of activities related to environmental protection, responsible consumption and ecological awareness.

Green and Clean School

The project "Green school" aims to educate a generation of global citizens. Ecological sustainability is a mainstay of its curriculum. It provides an inspiring educational environment. It also promotes and acknowledges the importance of water conservation. Green schools inspire our children to plant the seeds of life and nurture positivity. The environmental service learning program helps to improve students’ academic performance in STEM subjects. It creates awareness among the students to think about their surrounding and initiates new ways of greenery.
The Green School project involves different activities all along the year; below are just a few examples.

Special Assembly

A special assembly
was conducted by the OPJS teachers in Abbey Grange Academy Church of England, Leeds, UK, in the framework of the Green School project.

This assembly generated awareness among the students and the message was given through speeches, posters etc.

A step to protect our environment:
Preparation of Green Bags

Green bags have removed the non-biodegradable waste and contributed towards environmental protection. It helped to promote their reuse and recycling at the end of life.

Students have given their effort to help the environment and tried to make aware people by replacing plastic grocery bags that have become a cause of environmental waste and destruction. It educates people about the dangerous effects of plastic used. It provides a solution  to current global issues towards helping the environment.

It encourages the participation with their partner countries to exchange green bags and creates awareness on a huge scale. It tries to decrease the amount of waste produced by using the eco-friendly green bags.

Consumer Awareness

A visit to the consumer forum was organized to create awareness among the students regarding the role played by consumer forums for protecting the consumer from the malpractices of traders.

As a part of this, a group of students along with teachers visited the consumer forum,
Raigarh. We had an interaction with the President/Judge and two members of the forum who explained the procedure for filing case in consumer forum and also answered many queries asked by the students. As a result, many students resolved to be more aware of their rights and duties as consumer.

Migratory Birds

The students were taken to the ground as a part of field learning activity where they were shown Migratory Birds.
The 'Cattle Egret' was in the play ground and other areas of the school.

The students very closely observed the free-ranging birds. 'The Cattle Egret' [Bubulcus ibis] was seen these days in the campus of the school.

The students have learnt that there are two different species of these birds:
1) The non-breeding ones have white plumage yellow legs & a yellow bill.
2) The breeding ones have brownish orange heads of necks.

The students also learnt the feeding habits of the birds as they were seen. Feeding on insects, they forage around the grazing cattle and hence got the name 'The Cattle Egret'.