IM­PART­ING VAL­UES OF CON­SER­VA­TION

Prin­ci­pal of Birla Public School Doha A K Shri­vas­tava minces no words when it comes to en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion. Par­ents have ig­nored their re­spon­si­bil­ity of im­part­ing green val­ues to chil­dren, he tells Qatar To­day.

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Prin­ci­pal of Birla Public School Doha A K Shri­vas­tava minces no words when it comes to en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion. Par­ents have ig­nored their re­spon­si­bil­ity of im­part­ing green val­ues to chil­dren, he tells Qatar To­day.

Re­call­ing his child­hood days in In­dia, Shri­vas­tava says that his par­ents made him use a hand­ker­chief for per­sonal hy­giene; "but now chil­dren use loads of tis­sue pa­pers,” he says.

“We are wast­ing so much pa­per, wa­ter and elec­tric­ity and I per­son­ally feel that chil­dren should be ad­vised about na­ture con­ser­va­tion so that they re­spect the en­vi­ron­ment and be­come good cit­i­zens,” he says.

The sim­ple rea­son why chil­dren were not made aware of such things was the growth of nu­clear fam­i­lies.

The chil­dren born and brought up in this re­gion have no con­tact with na­ture since the cli­matic con­di­tions make it im­pos­si­ble for them to ven­ture out and it is dif­fi­cult for them to be any­thing other than “couch pota­toes”. “Th­ese are some chal­lenges which we need to face and our school is work­ing in this di­rec­tion so that the kids get ed­u­cated ac­cord­ingly,” Shri­vas­tava says. Ap­pre­ci­at­ing Qatar To­day for its ef­forts to in­cul­cate th­ese val­ues among stu­dents by launch­ing Green Pro­gramme for Schools, Shri­vas­tava feels that more agen­cies should come for­ward to spread the mes­sage. “It is a fan­tas­tic idea. On our part, we too have prop­a­gated the mes­sage among the

stu­dents as Qatar To­day gave us the ma­te­rial like stick­ers which calls upon the chil­dren to save elec­tric­ity and wa­ter,” Shri­vas­tava says.

“GPS is not only rel­e­vant to stu­dents in Qatar but to those from across the world. It is a won­der­ful pro­gramme and I want Qa

tar To­day to con­tinue the noble work with the same zeal and en­thu­si­asm. They should also hold seminars and work­shops to make it more at­trac­tive to fur­ther the cause,” he says.

Mon­i­tors have been ap­pointed who have been tasked with the job of switch­ing off the lights and air con­di­tion­ers be­fore leav­ing their re­spec­tive class­rooms.

In a coun­try of abun­dance, con­ser­va­tion is a dif­fi­cult path to take es­pe­cially for chil­dren who have never faced any dif­fi­cul­ties nor have they ever had to tackle short­ages of wa­ter and elec­tric­ity. GPS is meant to pass the ba­ton of re­spon­si­bil­ity to the chil­dren and make them un­der­stand and re­alise their mis­take in tak­ing the en­vi­ron­ment for granted.

The school has also set up an eco club with sub­di­vi­sions for clean­li­ness, elec­tric­ity and wa­ter con­ser­va­tion. The eco club has been ac­tive and the stu­dents take part in a march to de­clare their goals. “Chil­dren are cus­to­di­ans of the en­vi­ron­ment and they should pass on the ba­ton to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” Shri­vas­tava adds.

Rakesh Verma, an­other green ac­tivist and a teacher at the same school, who has been in charge of Bir­la­s­phere (eco club of Birla Public School) since 2012, is also ac­tively in­volved in ac­tiv­i­ties like quiz com­pe­ti­tions and Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment projects.

He cam­paigns for min­i­mum wastage of pa­per in school by reusing one-sided printed pa­pers, send­ing e-cir­cu­lars in­stead of printed ones, and re­cy­cling waste pa­pers by cre­at­ing mod­els from them.

He be­lieves that "hu­man be­ings are the only species on Earth to cut down trees, make pa­per from it and then write on the pa­per to cam­paign for sav­ing trees"

“Chil­dren are cus­to­di­ans of the en­vi­ron­ment and they should pass on the ba­ton to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

A K SHRI­VAS­TAVA Prin­ci­pal Birla Public School Doha

RAKESH VERMA In­charge, Bir­la­s­phere Birla Public School

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