Our Motto 1.Reduce waste in our school 2.Reduce and Reuse 3.Help promote Green School to achieve GNH 4.Make a diﬀerence
Introduction Introduction. Design for change is a global movement designed to give young people an opportunity to express their own ideas for a better world and put them into action. Children and adults alike learn through Design for change that”I can” are the most powerful words a person can believe in. The challenges ask children to do four simple things;FEEL,IMAGINE,DO and SHARE. The phrase “Can I” will be replaced by “I Can”.
Changing environment and attitudes There is waste everywhere, around the class buildings, on the playgrounds, mountains of garbage piled everywhere. Not only where the wastes destroying the aesthetic beauty of our school it is also becoming a health hazard by attracting flies and stray dogs to the school campus. The smell from the waste is also becoming unbearable to the people. While looking around the campus, we found out that majority of the waste are from plastics wrappers and plastic bottles, which was both relief and stress at the same time. Relief because plastic wastes and recyclable and by selling to recycle companies we could make extra money, stress because if plastic wastes are not taken care of they are not organic and will take centuries to decompose. Our aim was double edged, we want to reduce waste and change student’s attitudes about wastes at the same time. Just reducing waste would be a short term solution, but if we are successful with inculcating proper waste disposal habits into our students minds, the benefits is going to be long term. Different ways of reducing wastes were suggested; banning plastics from the schools, limiting bringing plastic wrapped food items to one day a week, holding competition among classes every month to see who collects the most plastic materials, selling recyclables to recycling companies, turning plastic wastes into useful cushions. We discussed the ideas and decided that banning of plastics is not desirable because almost all food comes packaged in plastics and they are hygienic. Limiting plastic containers and bags would force students to use unhealthy packaging food putting their health in danger. So we decided that reducing waste with an incentive will be our best option. By awarding monthly prizes to class that collect the most plastic bags, it creates competition and sense of accomplishment among the students and helps reduce wastes. So we gathered around and discussed ways to address the issues, we came up with the ever popular and catchy three Rs( Reuse, reduce and recycle). Various ideas we came up with are to collect the waste and turn them into something useful .Hundreds of bags of plastics materials are collected by DFC members and through the monthly competition held by DFC. Some plastics were turned in beautiful plastic cushions. We are already beginning to see the changes both in the environment and attitudes of our students. The school is starting to look more like a learning environment safe and clean for our students to study and beautiful to look for the outsiders. Student’s attitudes are beginning to change, now everyone is conscious of dumping wastes everywhere. Students are taking care not to litter everywhere and picking up litters and saving them to hand over to the DFC club.