The sixth State-level National Green Corps (NGC) Students Environmental Congress had the children involved in many projects.

The sixth State-level National Green Corps (NGC) Students Environmental Congress held in Hyderabad was a very interesting event for the children from various parts of Andhra Pradesh.

The five best projects from each district were presented by students based on themes like managing wet and dry waste, planting a variety of saplings, auditing and conserving water and energy. The results were not declared on that day as an audit is yet to be conducted, after which the prizes for the best projects will be given to the respective school clubs.

The National Green Corps Students Environmental Congress was introduced Andhra Pradesh in 2005 and was inaugurated by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. An initiative of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the NGC works towards promoting environmental discipline among children.

The children on their part enjoy these activities which are taken up by the NGC Eco Clubs in their respective schools. Harita Alankrita and Monica of KV No. 1, Uppal, Hyderabad, say their school has a compost pit where they learn about land management.

They make sure all the taps are closed and students use water very carefully to inculcate the habit of water management.

Each class has two waste paper baskets, so the children learn to separate degradable and non degradable waste.

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Meghna from Pragna High School, Nizamabad, is very happy that the Eco club has been set up in her school. “The club is only a year old but we are already doing our best to manage waste effectively. The first step taken was recycling of paper. We collect all waste paper and this is sent collectively from the school for recycling.”

Swetha and Meghna from Obul Reddy Public School, Jubilee Hills, say that paper recycling is one of the biggest projects taken up by their school, as well. The children are not allowed to eat anything that comes in wrappers, within the school premises. With this the amount of non degradable waste within the school is reduced drastically.

The children are asked to bring paper waste from home on a particular day and this is sent to recycling units in the city.

Soil conservation in the nearby villages is something that Brilliant Grammar High School, Adilabad has taken up. Manvi Reddy has learnt how to test soil for various uses and she and the others from her school are teaching the villagers how to test the soil so that they are able to use it effectively and sensibly.

For more information on the National Green Corps, contact the Director Mr Prasanna Kumar @ 9849908831 or Mr Pasha @ 9704113994.

Email id is ngcap.dir@gmail.com.