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
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.
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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