Choithram International under its visionary Head of School – Mr. Dilip Vasu, believes in inculcating culture of sustainability in school.
School has taken several revolutionary smalls steps within its premises, towards making a big difference to the environment like: installation of food composters, low-cost drip irrigation system, collaboration with state-recognized E-waste recycler, installation of air monitoring device, water recycling plant, segregation bins and rainwater harvesting system.
Sustainability is a culture in school and it has percolated in all aspects of school functioning. CI’s carbon footprint due to paper waste is diminishing and will soon be even lesser as CI is set to become completely online. Along with this venture that will reach fruition soon, CI is also the first school of Madhya Pradesh to be recognised as the centre for all GEG (Google Education Group) activities. With the recent introduction of Cambridge e-books and learning management system, the aim of reducing our carbon footprint seems to close to achieving.
CI firmly believes in enabling its teachers and students to acquire many skills and then applying those very skills towards betterment of the community through various service programmes. Hence, CI recently took a step forward to empower fellow educators by organizing a Sustainable Green School Workshop on 22nd February where around 20 schools from Indore and pan-India participated. Moving forward, CI will be hand-holding these schools in their Green School audit and training.
The workshop began with the melodious Green Choir, after which Mr. Vasu gave an inspiring speech, explaining the importance of conserving natural resources for our future generations. He summed it up through thought provoking lines:
“God always forgives, men forgive sometimes, but nature never forgives.”
The Green School Coordinator – Ms. Jalpa Shah, showcased CI’s GSP Project journey and the audit report to the attending guests. Ms. Ajanta and Ms. Aditi from the Centre of Science and Environment, New Delhi, took a hands-on training session on Sustainability audit. CI has been declared as the Indore centre for Centre of Science & Environments’ Green School Programme.
Ms. Sheetal Antil from The Climate Reality Project India, briefed the participants on sustainability goals, elucidating why it is need of hour. The Climate Reality Project India was introduced by Former US Vice President Al Gore and came to India in 2008. CI is the first school in M.P. to clear its certification and become a part of the Global Network of Sustainable Schools. CI was also declared the Headquarter for the Al Gore Certification Programme in M.P.
The next meeting with registered schools will be held on 4th March. The session concluded with felicitation of the GSP Core Team members followed by lunch.