From relative obscurity to national limelight, the Aided Upper Primary School at Podavur, near Cheruvathur, in the district has made the steep climb with élan.
The school has bagged this year’s prestigious Paryavaran Mitra Award instituted by the Centre for Environment Education of the Union Environment and Forest Ministry for its sustained and novel efforts to foster environmental values in young minds.
The award will be given away at the 11th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, beginning in Hyderabad on Monday, on October 13, says a letter from Kartikeya V. Sarabhai, Director, Centre for Environment Education, to the school.
The school is among the three educational institutions to get selected for the honour in recognition of efforts to strengthen environmental education and education for sustained development through a curricular approach from classes six to eight. It is an acknowledgement of its sustained efforts to apply organic farming techniques to conserve nature on its picturesque campus.
The centre has lauded K.M. Anil Kumar, teacher at the school, for his efforts to make students imbibe environmental values.
The school’s initiatives in conserving energy, water resources and heritage and waste management and processing on the campus have come in for praise. The school, with the support of the Forest Department, is planting over 2,000 saplings along an 18-km road passing by it.
The students helped plant trees in the nearby Cheemeni town and conserve three sacred groves of a temple at Podavur. They planted and promoted vegetable and medicinal plants in nearby localities.