Friday, May 9, 2014

Two Sikkim schools to get the Gobar Times Green Schools National Award 2014

GANGTOK, 08 May [IPR]: Two schools of the state have made it to the top-10 of the Gobar Times Green Schools National Award 2014.
As per a press communiqué received from Principal Secretary-cum-PCCF, Forest, Environment and Wildlife Management Department, the two schools - Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Namchi, South Sikkim and the Government Secondary School, Lower Samdong, East Sikkim - feature among the top 10 schools in the country under the categories of “New Schools” and “Change Makers” respectively.
These awards would be conferred by the Centre for Science and Environment, a New Delhi based organization of international repute. This year, CSE has assessed the performance of more than 15000 schools nationwide under two categories amongst which eleven schools were nominated from Sikkim.
The awards in the ‘Change Makers’ category are given to the schools with best environmental practices in India. All five GSP Manual chapters (Water, Air, Land, Energy and Waste) are taken into account and schools that have submitted their Green Schools Report more than once are eligible.
The ‘New Schools’ awards are given to schools with best environmental practices in India. All five GSP Manual chapters (Water, Air, Land, Energy and Waste) are taken into account and schools submitting their report for the first time are eligible.
Efforts towards initiating green movement in the state’s schools have borne fruit. It is really a proud moment for the State that the government schools are winning honours at the national level regularly by implementing innovative environment conservation programmes under the Green Schools Programme coordinated in the State by ENVIS Cell of the Forest department.
Both the schools have shown innovative positive change in the school's environment in terms of practices followed to improve the quality, usage, sustainability of land, air, water, energy and waste resources.
The Green Schools Programme Awards Ceremony is an annual event, where top 25 performers from across the country are rewarded for their enterprise and innovative skills. The objective is to acknowledge the effort, and also to encourage more schools to come forward and take part in this movement. The Awards Ceremony is a grand affair. School children from across the country participate in various competitions, perform street plays, watch films and mingle with each other.
This year, the award ceremony was scheduled to be held on 21 March but due to the elections it has been postponed and will be held at New Delhi after the State Assembly and Parliament elections are concluded.

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