By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 15 Oct: Over 14 schools participated in the launch of the ‘Karo Sambhav’ programme today at Dalanwala. Karo Sambhav, an E-waste Producer Responsibility Organisation of prominent brands will conduct this programme along with its execution partner, Waste Warriors Society. At the inauguration of the programme, Sonia Panth, Additional Municipal Commissioner, said, “E-waste is an emerging issue that we do not have enough awareness on. I am happy that this programme is focusing on sensitising our teachers and students on responsible management of e- waste.” Pranshu Singhal, founder of Karo Sambhav, envisions responsible recycling to become a way of life in India. Karo Sambhav is building a cohesive e-waste movement across India by making it possible for people and institutions to responsibly recycle their electronic waste. The School Programme is a part of its efforts to spread awareness on the issue of waste and to enable behavioral change. The programme aims at creating awareness on critical environmental issues and inspiring students to adopt preventive environmental strategies. It enables development of 21st century skills of collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, communication, ICT competencies and real-world problem solving, by deploying contemporary pedagogical practices. It also aims to support ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, ‘Digital India’, and ‘Smart Cities’. Since 2017, the programme engaged 1944 schools across 29 States and 3 Union Territories in India. It engaged over 3888 Teachers and 5,83,200 Students. The programme will involve several stakeholders like students, their peers, parents, relatives, and communities to critically evaluate and consider the environmental impact of existing lifestyles and move towards the creation of a circular economy. In the initial phase, teachers will be given training on the specially designed toolkit for the purpose, consisting of 7 exercises based on Circular Economy and Understanding Waste including Waste from Electrical and Electronic goods and plastic. Teachers will then work along with students from their School on various activities, community projects and practical field-work. The programme will end with celebrating the efforts and the achievements of various schools, teachers, and students. Schools will be felicitated, and the focus will be to keep sharing the best work done by them, with others.