PADMINI B. PATELL
Did you know that November has been declared as the Environment month?
The month of November being declared the Environment month by the Education Department is a buzz with environmental issues being given top priority. There are projects, activities, models, lectures and other activities all based on this theme. But Paryavarana Chaitanya Vinoda Vibhavari or Eco-Culture 2006 by Programme for Environmental Awareness in Schools (PEAS) was an evening dedicated to environmental messages being conveyed through song, dance, skits and poetry, at the Tyagaraya Gana Sabha. Commencing with a prayer by Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Yoganandam a well-synchronised performance followed by students of VRS and Vignana Jyoti conveying the advantages of exercise for good health, while a dance by Defence Labs School put across the message of Vanamahotsav. The Chiukamma Sandesham and Jeevakotiki by Gautami Vidya Vihar expressed the need for growing trees and care for the environment. ITC Paper Boards and Speciality Division used a realistic domestic situation in a skit "Waste is not a waste" stressing on the urgent need to segregate waste at source. Small role plays provided humour with little ones donning the roles of mistress and maid, a little lad sporting a heavy school bag portraying the harsh realities that allow very little play time for children these days.
Need of the hour
PEAS is a voluntary organization working towards promoting environmental awareness among school children and the public. "Children must know that our culture is Eco Culture and our religion is Eco Religion. This is the need of the hour and every human being must understand Nature and strive towards conserving our Eco Wealth," said Dr. M. Pushpa, Co-ordinator PEAS. The Hyderabad Chapter of PEAS will be hosting the Southern Regional Conference next week.The Chief Guest, K.V. Ramana, Secretary School Education summed up aptly, " teachers play a vital role in educating the child on matters within and outside the schools. Care for the environment must be instilled at an early age and the core environmental issue behind either a song or a project must be driven home to the child. Wherever one may be educated, coming back and serving one's Janma Bhoomi is important."