The Bangalore School, Excellence in Early childhood, Whitefield was the only school in Bengaluru and one of the two schools in India who got the global green school award for their exceptional initiative for sustainable development inculcating it right from early years. The award was given in New York City, U.S.A. in the Global green school conference in the climate week, New York. It’s an affiliated event of United Nations General Assembly and a prestigious one. Susan Bass, vice president of operations Earth day Network gave away the award.
In an age where awareness about environment is taking precedence over everything, The Bangalore School believes in starting this awareness almost at the very beginning, initiating tiny tots into the program. Given this conviction leading to active execution, an international award soon came calling, recognizing the school’s concerted efforts to address the environment.
“The school believes in taking the environmental responsibility not only of teaching the children about the importance of sustainable development but of spreading the awareness among the neighboring community. The school started with 3 students and now, five years down, it has close to 140 students. The school firmly believes that the age between 2 and 5 is the right time to inculcate good habits in children and a set of strong moral values that include having a caring nature towards the environment,” says Ms. Usha Mohan, Founder, The Bangalore School.
“The curriculum that is taught to the children has a significant portion devoted to science of nature, what ails nature and what we should do in our own small ways to mitigate the same; it could be things like fighting pollution, saving water, nurturing and protecting animals and birds, making compost, growing vegetables in a garden etc, ” adds Ms. Usha Mohan.
“The children learn how to make Organic manure, and how to segregate waste. They are taught what degradable waste is. The kitchen waste is collected and turned to manure through a process in de-compost pots. They are also taught to do away with plastic bags and make use of paper bags”, she explained.
The activities conducted by the school does not stop with the classroom, it extends to functions and events. They celebrated their annual day with the theme ‘Go Green, Save the Planet’. The entire function had activities that had this central theme embedded in it in every aspect. The occasion was graced by the presence of some educational professionals. Everyone who attended, including the parents of the children, were made to take a green pledge, ensuring the message permeated to one and all.
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