A primary school at Podavur, an obscure place here, tasted fame on Saturday. Representatives of AUP School received the ‘Paryavaran Mitra’ national award at the 11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CoP-11 CBD) in Hyderabad in the presence of 160 acclaimed environmentalists from across the world. UNESCO Programme Specialist Bernard Compes handed over the award.
It is among the three schools in the country to bag this year’s ‘Paryavaran Mitra’ instituted by the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) of the Union Environment and Forest Ministry for attempts to inculcate environmental values in students.
The school’s initiatives in conserving energy, water, and heritage and waste management and processing on the campus had been lauded. With the support of the Forest Department, it had planted over 2,000 saplings along an 18-km stretch in the locality. The students planted saplings in the nearby Cheemeni town and helped preserve three sacred groves of a temple at Podavur. They also planted vegetable and medicinal plants in nearby areas, apart from maintaining a garden, using organic farming techniques, in the school compound.