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Water takes the place of lemon

Children at Victoria Towers, OMR during a paper bag-making workshop.

Children at Victoria Towers, OMR during a paper bag-making workshop.  

Tweaking traditional games, a gated community on Old Mahabalipuram Road is introducing its children to concepts of waste management and sustainability

When the Victoria Towers Owners’ Welfare Association revamped its solid-waste management system last December, making it more sustainable, it launched a door-to-door campaign, seeking the participation of all the 110 families at the community. The goal was total participation, and this meant getting the children to understand what the new model was all about.

“We knew this was a complex issue to tackle but the Association worked out a way to make the concept easy for the children to comprehend. We brought them together and educated them on the importance of segregating waste. Through colouring activities and games, we taught them how non-biodegradable and recyclable waste should be separated from the biodegradable waste. They know which waste could be composted and which waste should be sent for recycling,” Meera Ramakrishnan, executive committee member of the Association.

When the Tamil Nadu government announced a ban on single-use plastic, which came into effect on January 1 this year, the Association helped the children adapt to eco-friendly alternatives.

“The children now carry cloth bags when they go out to shop and refuse plastic covers and other harmful packaging. We trained them to make paper bags too,” she adds.

Every year, during the summer holidays, the community comes together to organise a sports day for the children. (his year, the sports day will be held from Friday to Sunday.)

“One of the sports events we conduct is the ‘balancing water’ competition. It’s similar to lemon-and-spoon, but here children should carry a small bucket of water and walk to the finish the line without spilling a drop of water. The activity is not only fun but also teaches them about protecting valuable resources,” she says.

In these water-starved times, this surely will make it as the game of the season.

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