In an effort to empower students to be great change agents in the society and to focus on their overall development, Satya Bharti Adarsh Senior Secondary School in Jhaneri village of Sangrur district in Punjab is teaching students to reduce and reuse waste materials, thereby contributing to a clean and neat environment.
The school is run by the Bharti Foundation that runs many schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education in Punjab. Its central aim is to provide quality education to under privileged children in rural areas.
For starters, classes were conducted to help students reuse plastic bottles, old clothes and other recyclable material in creative ways and make beautiful products out of them. It was heartening to note that students were open to new ideas and very keen to learn to make tables and stools out of plastic bottles and carry bags out of waste material.
According to Community Development Specialist (Sangrur), Ms. Sumita Soffat, students also learned how to reuse waste material and create wealth out of waste. In addition, they were oriented to marketing skills and taught how to work out the cost of a product. With enthusiasm running high, the sessions were so productive that students decided to showcase their creations during the school’s parent-teacher meeting.
The creative pieces of work were sold at a nominal cost to provide for purchasing of raw material such as thread, needles and decorations, among others.
Best of all, the creative exercise encouraged students to think out of the box and contribute to the community, she added.