Global Sustainable School Awards 2017

On 22nd of April the air of the educational domain took a new turn with an astounding initiative taken by GEAERD, “Global Sustainable School Awards”. The theme of these awards was ‘Sustainable Development’ wherein hundreds of schools which are functioning around congruent areas sent their entries for assessment out of which 28 finest ones were selected by the proficient Jury members and were recognized By GEAERD on the day of event with an award and a certificate. The awards were categorised into two categories silver and gold, details of which are as follows:

Following are the schools were awarded under ‘Silver Category’:

1. Gyan Mandir Public School: The global sustainable goals opted by this school were ‘Clean Water and Sanitation & Responsible Consumption and Production.’ The activities conducted under these goals encompass enormous efforts of close to 300 students who performed activities like ‘cleanliness drive’ wherein they educated people about the significance of drinking clean water and held an aim to spread sanitation awareness along with creating awareness around decreasing the number of water borne diseases. They also initiated organic movement wherein they created mindfulness about living in harmony with the nature.

2. Tagore International Senior Secondary School, Delhi: The sustainable goals opted by this school were ‘ Affordable and Clean Energy & Reduced Inequalities’, they achieved the desired results through conducting various activities like ‘Breaking Barriers Campaign’ and ‘Setting of Solar Panels’ which were steered by more than 180 students and under the supervision of proficient teachers. The students who participated in these activities conducted workshops and sessions in other schools which has helped in creating sensitivity towards the LGBTQI community.

3. Nav Jeevan Model School, New Delhi: The sustainable goals worked upon by this school were ‘BN Eco Warriors and Visit Old Age Home’. It involved participation of an enormous number of students which is close to 1100 who used wonderful resources like creating awareness through social media, dramatics and skits in order to accomplish their goals.

4. St. John’s Universal School, Mumbai: The sustainable goals to be worked upon by them were ‘Build a compost heap’ and an Old Age Home Visit’. More than 280 students participated in the activities conducted around these areas grade 4 successfully carried out the process of composting, and numerous students of grade 10 visited an old age home Assisi Bhawan wherein they interacted with myriad people and handed over beautiful greetings to the elderly people.

5. ML Khanna D.A.V Public School, New Delhi: The sustainable goals chosen by this school were ‘Waste Management and Harnessing Non – Conventional Sources of Energy & Green Thumbs’ – A Business for Charity Enterprise which involved a participation of close to 750 students. They in their activities beautifully adopted the principles of 5R’s which is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refuse and Research and created an awareness about social, financial and environmental sustainability.

6. JM International School, New Delhi: The sustainable goals opted by them were ‘Good Health and Well Being & Gender Equality which involved a participation of 750 students who actively carried out activities like Peace Walk, conducted an annual expo in Srijan and also educated people on the significance of personal hygiene by creating a workshop on the same. They also conducted workshops on Gender Sensitization by peer educators and Gender Equality workshop by Swabhiman which was a thought provoking Media Event.

7. SOS Hermann Gmeiner School Bhimtal, Uttarakhand: The sustainable goals opted by this school were ‘ Ban Plastic Bag Campaign & Social Welfare Awareness Programme’ wherein around 250 students participated and conducted activities in which they and people from different villages conducted cleanliness activities on a regular basis, not only this myriad children from villages were taught to identify alphabets, name of fruits and vegetables and so on.

8. MD International School, BIJNOR, UP: The sustainable goals opted to be worked upon by this school were ‘Cleanliness Drive and Celebrating ‘Eat and Seasonal Food Week’. This initiative involved a participation of around 800 students who learnt and shared the benefits of healthy eating and distinct techniques of using non fire cooking to cook some healthy food. Not only this they also learnt how to use different resources and ways to save the natural ones.

9. Bal Bharti Public School, Ghaziabad, UP: An interesting activity conducted by this school to achieve their sustainable goals was ‘Community Outreach’ wherein they made their students and teachers visit myriad orphanages and old age homes and Cleanliness wherein the students conducted many activities on Cleanliness such as poster making, street plays, campaigns, pledges etc. The whole initiative involved the contribution of around 2350 which indeed is a wonderful number. These novices along with the guidance of proficient teachers learnt how to bring immense glory to those who somewhere have lost a sight and feel of it and developed a sense of community belonging and their duties towards the welfare of the society.

10. GD Goenka Public School, New Delhi, Model Town: The sustainable goals opted by them were ‘Clean Water and Sanitation & Sustainable Cities and Communities’. The accomplishment of these goals was an initiative of numerous activities taken by around 170 students who again were guided by their proficient teachers to achieve the desired results. The students used different resources and learnt the significance of water which is the main source of life, they adopted several practices of saving water at home and tries to reduce the wastage of it. Apart from they also conducted activities by which they encouraged motorists to give up their car for a day every week and promoted cycling, walking and carpooling instead. They also motivated their parents for carpooling wherever possible and use cabs under car pool category.

11. Saffron Public School, Phagwara, Punjab: The sustainable goals opted by this school were ‘Prioritizing Health’ and ‘Practicing Green Project’. There were close to 1100 students who participated in various activities which were conducting around these areas. They conducted a health rally with a purpose of creating an awareness among masses about diabetes. This initiative was taken by students of grade Grade 6 and 7 who held a road march holding slogans and flashcards on 7th of April 2016. Apart from this they also conducted an activity named ‘Green Sparks’ wherein young students learnt benefits of plating more trees, they also carried out a plantation drive which motivated the people of city to go green and the best part is that it was these students who played a major role in generating awareness about numerous environment problems and how to overcome them.

12. JBCN International School, Borivali, Mumbai: The sustainable goals opted by this school were Making an Eco Friends Group and Music For Justice. There were close to 50 students who participated in the activities conducted around these areas. The activity Eco Club and March which was carried out by the students and teachers involved creating tie ups with different associations involved in saving the DAHISAR River , the students also made an effort to paint the DAHISAR Bridge with slogans and images to save the environment. They conducted a River/Enviornment River March along the river and displayed a 3D Model of the river in their school premises. They also conducted a street play on Saving the Girl Child.

13. Vidya Global SCHOOL, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh: The sustainable goals opted by them to be worked upon were ‘Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life long learning opportunities for all & Ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all’. Approximately 250 students participated in the activities conducted by the school pertaining to their global sustainable goals. Few of them were VGS Green Force Campaign, Visit to a plant nursery , Interaction with foreign visitors, Visit to orphanage. The students went around the city campaigning in different parts of the city to make people aware about environment issues and along with that they also conducted an awareness campaign to make people aware about water management, conservation and wise use of water.

14. SOS Hermann Gmeiner School, Faridabad, Haryana: The global sustainable goals opted by them were ‘Cleanliness Drive and Visit to an old age home;. They conducted various activities around these areas with an active participation of 150 students. The main aim behind the school for taking up these goals was to make people aware of their responsibility towards environment and society.

15. Suryansh Public School, Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh: The sustainable goals opted by them to be worked upon were ‘Life on Earth and Good Health and Well Being’. The activities involved participation of all the students of the school who conducted an awareness drive on diabetes and life on earth. All the students made it a point to donate a sapling to the school on their birthday once they were sensitized towards importance of plants.

The schools which were awarded in the Gold Category were:

1. NPS International Senior Secondary School: The global sustainable goals opted by this school were ‘Action to combat Climate Change & its impacts and ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all’. More than 200 members of the community service club participated in the activities involved to carry out these goals. The main aim behind them conducting these activities was to create an awareness about general wellbeing and social responsibility.

2. Sunrise English Private Senior Secondary School, Abu Dhabi: The global sustainable goals opted by them to be worked upon were ‘Responsible Consumption and Production & Sustainable Cities and Communities’. Approximately 400 students participated in the activities conducted in order to create awareness around these areas. They chose these goals in order to create awareness and a positive impact in the community by making students and people aware about ways to take care of the waste locally and providing health and environment consumptions benefits for the community.

3. Harvest International Senior Secondary School: The global sustainable goals opted to be worked upon by them were ‘Sustainable Cities and Communities & Responsible Consumption and Production’ wherein around 200 students participated in various activities in order to promote these goals. The students of grade 7 and 8 made a disaster management plan for the school in order to avoid any damage at the time of any kind of disaster. Along with that they also developed a basic understanding of the key concepts and definitions of disaster management.

4. Mayur Public School, Delhi: The sustainable goals opted by this school to be worked upon were ‘Affordable and Clean Energy & Life on Land’. Approximately 800 students participated in the activities conducted by the school to support the opted goals. There were myriad surveys conducted at different levels to identify the problems and figuring out the measures to stop the further degradation of well land.

5. MAR Athanasius International School, Ernakullam, Kerala: The sustainable goals opted by them to be worked upon were ‘Locally Grown Foods and Seasonal Food Eating Week & Cleanliness Drive’. During the week while the activities were being conducted, students were served lunch and dinner made from the Locally Grown and Seasonal Foods. The students and teachers also conducted a Cleanliness Drive at the municipal park, Kothmangalam on the 10th of March ’17. The students removed public waste and garbage from the park and created a safe environment for people.

6. SOS Hermann Gmeiner School, Varanasi, UP: The sustainable goals chosen by these schools were ‘Cleanliness Drive/ Awareness at the Bhagwatdham Temple in Khargipur, Varanasi and Adult Literacy Program in three villages near the school’. Around 60 students participated in the activities conducted around these areas. The students made an effort to clean the temple and awareness was created around the area of cleanliness, the village children were informed about various methods to maintain personal cleanliness. The beneficiaries of adult literacy program were able to read and write in hindi, they also learned the ways to write numerical and perform addition and subtraction.

7. Indian School, Muscat, Oman: They sustainable goals opted by this school were ‘Ban Plastic and Bag Campaign & Make Eco Friends Group’. All the students of the school actively participated in the activities pertaining to these goals and with all their efforts turned their school into a free plastic zone, even the parents were educated and encouraged to use less plastic bags at home. An awareness was also created among the students regarding Organic farming and replacing plastic coated book covers.

8. Al Manahil Private School, Abu Dhabi: The sustainable goals opted by this school were Good Health and Well Being & Life on Land. More than 1100 students participated in the activities conducted around these areas. The novices created PPT and held a quiz on healthy / junk food. They also encouraged essay writing on the same theme. Along with that they also shared the importance of sharing food and not to waste it.

9. SOS Hermann Gmeiner School, Jammu: The sustainable goals opted by this school were Life on Land and Old Age Home Visit. Around 700 students participated in the activities conducted by the school around these goals. The students gained an absolutely new and different experience by visiting the old age home, and the best part is that they are working on various advices given by people whom they met there, like to study well and do well in their lives. The students also learnt about safe drinking water, water management and rain water harvesting.

10. The Heritage School, Gurgaon: The sustainable goals opted by this school were’ Clean Water and Sanitation & Sustainable Cities and Communities’. Around 1500 students actively participated in the activities conducted by the school and developed a healthy learning environment. These pupils became educators to the community and created an awareness pertaining to their goals with the help of posters, jingles and couplets which were created with a good amount of brainstorming.

11. SD Public School, Pitampura, Delhi: The sustainable goals opted by them were to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full of productive employment and decent work for all & Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. More than 400 students participated in the activities conducted by the school and teachers wherein they used the biggest resource of the school to accomplish the desired results. Children with disabilities were and are given access to the general education curriculum and learning was made open and enjoyable for them which still goes on as they never stop adopting such practices to make learning and development fun for intellectual disabled and ADHD.

12. Sri Venkateshwar International School, Delhi: The sustainable goals opted by this school to be worked upon were “Energy’ and ‘ Ensuring Healthy Lives’ wherein myriad students of their school participated and conducted a cleanliness drive along with tree plantation wherein they promoted the need of saving trees and educated a lot of people about the same. They educated people in their school as well as neighbourhood about the significance of cleanliness and conducted various activities to promote the same.

13. Middle East Greed Educational Facilities Management: The sustainable goal opted by them to be worked upon was to make people aware about the concept of Green Schools and to sensitize students and people about the need of living in a wonderful natural environment. They conducted various activities with a motive of making students and people connect with the environment before asking them to work towards saving the nature.

On this day GEAERD has also made few announcements on the upcoming projects and associations for the benefit of its member and non member schools

1. GEAERD has now joined hands with EdMonks, to offer free workshops for our students, currently these workshops are only available in Delhi/NCR. post success this workshops can be organised in entire India. Send us an email at contact@geaerd.org to know about the workshops or to register your school.

2. GEAERD also brings a unique opportunity for educational institutions where educational institutions and students can share the videos created by them (e.g. Activities, Social Work, SDGs, Approach, Uniqueness or anything) in a biggest international film festival GIIFFAGlobal Impact International Film Festival & Awards 2017” This opportunity will allow educational institutions to share the work done by them and their stakeholders at a global platform and will also get the opportunity to be recognised and rewarded at a biggest global platform ever. To submit your videos visit www.giiffa.com pr you may also contact the Festival Director Mr. Anant Rai info.giiffa@gmail.com or call at +91 798 287 6273

We at GEAERD are also planning to start a 12 workshop series starting June at Pan India Level and you are requested to share the topics which you feel are relevant by clicking here

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