Schoolchildren taught to look at waste in a new way
Children’s imagination can turn the humblest space into an adventure land. So when children from several schools across the city were given old bottle caps and some waste paper here Tuesday, they came up with radiant flower bouquets and flowerpots.
The children were participating in a workshop held by Reap Benefit, a non-governmental organisation, to teach them to be creative with scrap material, here on Tuesday. The workshop was organised at Freedom Park as part of Wake Up, Clean Up Bengaluru, a weeklong exposition on promoting good solid waste management practices. Other activities for children included a quiz and a collage-making workshop.
For the past two days, nearly 1,000 children from various schools in the city visited the exposition to understand the huge problem before the city — disposal of garbage. Volunteers take the children on a tour around Freedom Park to help them understand the concept behind segregation and importance of recycling. A street play on the subject had the children in splits, while the Experience Centre highlighted the different kinds of waste and how to segregate them. M.S. Satish and K.L. Satish, Class 8 students from Sri Ganapathy Vidya Mandir, were interested to learn more about garbage segregation. “There are so many categories of waste. We are amazed to see so many things have been fashioned out of the things we throw away. At one stall, they have made a swing out of empty juice packets,” they said.