Its recognition time for the green initiatives of school children.

The eco-clubs in the schools will compete for the coveted green prizes instituted by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment.

The prizes will be given for the best eco-clubs formed under the National Green Corps programme, an environment awareness programme initiated by the Ministry of Environment and Forests in 2001. The clubs aim at creating awareness on environmental conservation and conducting activities, which will ultimately help in building a generation that could strengthen the ecological foundation of the State, according to a council communication.

In Kerala, 3,460 schools have eco-clubs functioning on their campuses and each eco-club consists of around 50 students and a teacher in-charge. It is estimated that around 2 lakh students are involved in the activities of the eco-clubs.

Schools short-listed

Three schools have been short-listed from each district and the winners will be selected from a two-day workshop which is to begin at Thiruvananthapuram on August 5.

An evaluation committee of experts, constituted by the council, will select the best eco-clubs at district and State levels.

The best eco-club in each district will get Rs. 50,000 each and the best one at the State level will get Rs. 1 lakh on project mode.

Cash prizes are given for schools to implement green initiatives of their choice.

The short-listed schools will be invited to make a presentation of their activities held during 2009-10 at the workshop to be held at the Centre for Earth Science Studies Auditorium, Thiruvananthapuram. About 150 participants representing 42 schools are expected to attend the workshop, council officials said.