Clean Lab Campaign at Arsha
31st October 2015
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Mar 7, 2014
A three day trip was arranged for Class X to Rajapalaiyam with focus on learning about biodiversity, value of Biodynamic farming and its relation for a sustainable environment. 48 children accompanied by 4 teachers had gone for the trip and they enjoyed the trip.
The Training Programme includes organic and Bio dynamic farming methodology, Planting Calendar to apply cosmic rhythms to farming activities, CPP and BD preparations such as BD 501-507 and their usages, BD sprays and liquid manure preparations, compost applications, relationship between homeopathy and Bio-dynamics and conversion to BD farming. The sessions were handled by the highly Scholastic and Research personalities such as Dr. Lucas Dengel (secretary, BDAI), Mr. Mahesh Melvin, BD practitioner.
The practical sessions were also conducted in the afternoon session after the theory sessions in the morning. The training programme provided vital information which provoked the interest to develop bio dynamic farming in India for sustaining agricultural growth.
Launch of the new waste management system at Arsha Vidya Mandir
Oct 3, 2013
As part of the school’s principle to protect and sustain environment, the school implemented a system of waste management which is based on segregation of wastes & then directing the appropriate waste to a suitable recycling centre, thus ensuring minimal waste dumping & thus conserving resources. It was also conveyed to the students that the proceeds from the recycling of waste would be given to NGOs working on a righteous social cause as voted by the staff & student community.
The day began with a general assembly for students in which our Correspondent Mrs. Nirmala Raja addressed the students on the need to take initiatives to reduce waste and manage waste better. In her speech she encouraged students to involve themselves actively for the cause. The chief guests of the day, Mr. Ribhu Vohra & Ms. Chandra Nusselein, the team behind the “wasteless” initiative and the proponents of the segregation system, then addressed the students on how waste audits were conducted in the school and how the team developed the present system of using 8 types of bins for each category of waste.
This was followed by teachers introducing the “segregation poster” in each and every class which explained about the 8 categories of bins being placed across the campus & the type of wastes to be put in each type of bin. The students were then allowed to vote for the NGO group to which the proceeds of the recycling have to be given, to support for a social cause.
In order to reinforce the practices involved in the new waste management system, the following activities were planned across the different levels of classes. The raw materials for the activities were wastes collected from the student groups a week before the launch. This was to enable them to understand the intrinsic value of waste & not to just externally judge the used material as waste.
The activities were based on the theme of segregation of wastes and the following activities were conducted across the school:
• Class 1 & 2: collage activity using waste materials
• Class 3 – 5: coloring & caption activity on segregation theme
• Class 6 – 8: poster making on how to convince fellow students to segregate
• Class 9, 10: up-cycling activity to use waste material & create products with functionality
• Class 11, 12: debate on segregation& its applicability in India
The students were also taken on a tour around the school campus class wise by the class teachers to understand the new waste collection system and its purpose of implementation.