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For the good of our environment

TRULY AN HONOUR: The winning team has reason to be proud.   | Photo Credit: PHOTO: G. MOORTHY



S.S. KAVITHA

The award won by the students of TVS H.S. School, Madurai, in the Volvo Adventure competition 2006, is a boost to young aspirants.

President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's vision 2020 is being realised now. A five-member team from TVS Higher Secondary School, Madurai, has come third in the international competition in Sweden.The team comprising S. Ram Prasanth, D. Ramaraja, N. Tajwar Hussain, N. Muthuselvi and R. Yugadevi, all Std. IX students, earned the honour for their project on "Wastage of drinking water."

One of ten

The TVS team was one among the 10 teams that participated in the event, which was jointly conducted by VOLVO Group Corporation and United National Environment Project competition. Turkey bagged the first prize, while Canada took the second place. The other teams that participated in the event were: Discover Nature, Japan, The Koc School, Turkey, Recycle Cycles Youth Group, United Kingdom, Wetlands and Sports, Uganda, Educarium School/ Jean Vanier Catholic School, Red Ambiental Scout de Nayarit, Mexico, SUNWORKER/ Gymasium Frechen, Germany, and Save the Earth, Greece. "The TVS Higher Secondary School was the only school from India," said R. Srinivasan, director, TVS Group of Schools, and pointed out that "the confidence level of the students who participated in the event had soared."

Future projects

He also said that the students would take up many such projects in future and noted that the U.S. $4,000 (approximately Rs.1,80,000), which the students had won as reward for the project would be used for future projects of the school. Selvi Santhosham, project guide, who guided the students in the project, proudly said that the officers from Madurai Government Rajaji Hospital and Madurai Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Research Centre had visited the school to learn more about the project so that the same could be implemented in their concerns."Every aspect of the project helped us excel. From identifying the problem and working out a solution, we learnt a lot," said the team members.The students said they had proved that "students could do anything effectively with unity and determination. Language then will not be a problem at all." Referring to their trip to Sweden as an enriching experience, the students said the trip had helped them learn more about the culture of different countries, besides motivating them to get involved in more environment-related issues.The Volvo Adventure programme is now on for the fourth consecutive year. Volvo Adventure is open to young people around the world aged between 10 and 16 years. Teams must constitute between two and five young persons with one adult as supervisor.For further information, e-mail >sohanjeet.randhawa@volvo.com or call 044-28251981.

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Past winners

In 2002, the team from St. Joseph's Indian High School, Bangalore, went on to win the award and a grant of U.S. $10,000 for their effective project on reducing the usage of poly-bags.

In 2004, a team representing National Public School won the award for an innovative project aimed at reducing pollution caused by burning leaves. They worked to influence people to adopt vermicomposting as an alternative.