Educating children early in their life about environment protection can bring about a change in their outlook and make them aware of their duties to conserve nature. KidZee, Vadapalani, in collaboration with Vadapalani Exnora Women’s Club, organised a three-day event called “My Earth My Duty,” to introduce the tiny tots to importance of environment protection.

“It is a Zee Learn initiative, and we at the school want to inculcate early in children the idea of planting tree and nature conservation. We also want to emphasis on reducing the use of plastic.” said Subha Mahadevan, business partner, Kidzee, and president, Vadapalani Exnora Women’s Guild.

The first two days of the event was held in the school itself. On day one, an educational film on environment was screened for the children, followed by a puppet show, which stressed on the importance of planting trees. On day two, the children took a pledge to go green and left hand prints on charts to emphasis their promise.

On the third day, KidZee took the awareness campaign to the public sphere. At the Anna Park in Kodambakkam, parents of Kidzee students were invited to participate in a competition to make useful items out of plastic waste. Old CDs were turned into pen stands and empty coke bottles into flower vase.

Special session

A special session was conducted by Meena, member of Thiruvanmiyur Exnora, for visitors coming to the park. She taught them how to make paper bags out of old newspapers and magazines. The session got an overwhelming response from residents, who requested Ms. Meena to conduct similar sessions again and wanted to place orders for recyclable paper bags.

“We will be conducting a separate session on making useful things out of waste for those interested,” Ms. Subha said. For the participating parents and visitors, plant saplings were given away as gifts.

Corporation Zone X chairman, LIC Manicakam, was the chief guest for the occasion. Applauding the effort of KidZee, he said “learning to make paper bags and other items out of waste can become a useful means of income generation for non-working women. It will at the same time help in protecting the environment.”

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