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Sustainable Practices at School

posted by Anupriya 10 Comments

Last week Nik was with me at the grocery shop. When I completed my shopping and took the delivery from the shopkeeper, Nik pulled my hand pointed out to me,

‘Mamma, we should not use plastic bags. You should have brought a cloth bag with you.’

I was a stunned for a moment at my son’s words but then realized immediately that he was learning about not using plastic bags at school. I smiled at him and apologized, promising that next time onwards mamma will be more careful and carry a cloth bag.

This incident set me thinking about the other practices that my son’s school encourages imbibing the idea of sustainability amongst its students. I figured that there are quite a few such good practices that will go a long way in bringing up responsible citizens. Here’s a peep into some school induced sustainable practices –

Discouraging use of Plastic Bags

From the very beginning, the school emphasizes on using paper bags for carrying anything to school. Students are taught even at a tender age of 3 years that plastic is not good and that we should not use plastic bags.

Whenever we are asked to send anything to school for various articles, the information note highlights that the required items shall be packed in a newspaper or a paper bag and then sent to school

Planting Trees

Once in every two years, kids participate in a tree planting activity. They are also encouraged to sow a plant in a flask at home and water it regularly. The idea that ‘plants provide clean air for us to breathe’ is the founding stone of this practice and kids enjoy it to the core.

Daan UTsav

Every year a time span is dedicated to encourage students to give away things that they do not need in charity to the needy. Kids in primary classes are told that if they are bored of their plastic toys or if they have grown out of any story books, they can donate it to people who do not have the luxury to buy the same.

This initiative goes a long way in reprocessing the plastic and paper before it is finally dumped for its uselessness.

Re-issue of Books

Students from higher classes are encouraged to take good care of their books and submit the same to the school once their academic requirement for the students is over. Such books are either given in charity to the needy or put up for resale for students willing to buy second-hand books (given the syllabus remains the same).

This practice goes a long way in instilling the value of paper and need to save paper among students.

What are the things that your kids learn at school to inculcate sustainable practices? Share them in comments and spread the word.

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Vartika Gakhar March 23, 2018 at 7:39 pm

Great article Anupriya. Every school should read this and follow, also the parents as learning starts from home. #Superbloggerchallenge #Instacuppa

Namratha March 23, 2018 at 9:41 pm

Glad they are teaching these practices in school. It is important for the future of our planet. It will be great if all children donated their books to the juniors or maybe even to schools in rural areas where parents cannot afford them. Goonj is one such organization which has a system by which it makes sure the books/shoes/uniforms reach those in need.

A thoughtful topic.


Ms Arora March 23, 2018 at 10:24 pm

Hi Anupriya; being a teacher and mother I completely agree with your view point. We feel motivated when our kids tell us the right way to approach the things.
Do read my latest post and share your views.

Sitharam Jayakumar March 25, 2018 at 6:10 pm

There was a beautiful green lung around my apartment building with plenty of trees but all of them are being cut down now to build more apartment buildings. Your son seems to be studying in a very good school that teaches inculcates a healthy attitude towards our environment at a very early age. Kudos. #SuperBloggerChallenge2018

Tina Sequeira March 26, 2018 at 10:10 am

Hi Anupriya! Your article is relevant and doable. Most schools practise most of the listed points in here, if not all. My daughter´s school practises most of the tips here except for the usage of plastic bags..that´s a tough but essential one. Great post. Please read my Week 6 post for #Superbloggerchallenge2018 here:

Surbhi Prapanna March 26, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Great article, and indeed these are the things that every school should follow. and as a parent, it always feels great when our kids learn good things. thanks for sharing this, would surely share these things with my kids. #superbloggerchallenge2018, please read my week 6 post here,

Zainab March 27, 2018 at 12:44 am

Great ideas Anupriya – reissuing of books is something that should be followed. We save paper, money etc.

Dr Roshan Radhakrishnan March 27, 2018 at 8:02 pm

wonderful ideas… I wish more hospitals would listen to these concepts and work to implement it

Aritra Chakrabarty March 28, 2018 at 12:19 pm

It’s great to know that schools are taking it seriously n teaching sustainable living to kids.
Hope the same awareness percolate to all stratas of our society.

Pls read my week6 post for #superbloggerchallenge2018 #instacuppa

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