Springdales Education Society for the last 40 years, has run an active Environment Programme at its Environment and Work Experience Farm at Chattarpur. The festival is a celebration of the continued involvement of the students of Springdales Schools,who are taken on regular farm visits where Ms. Rajni Kumar, Chairperson Springdales Education Society is actively involved in introducing the students to the wonders of nature and witness a rural set up, while participating in a variety of “Hands-on” activities. The year long activities culminated in a two day “Environment Festival – Hamara Paryavaran” comprising of various workshops, farm activities and theatre performances related to environment sensitization and sustainable living. Working models and science projects made by the students were put on display for experiential learning.
The Festival this year was inaugurated by Mr.Derk Segaar, Director,UNIC for India & Bhutan. Welcoming the guests, Dr. Jyoti Bose, Director, Springdales Schools shared the vision of Springdales Schools to the cause of preservation and respect for the Environment. Mr. Segaar in his address while appreciating the work of the students, commented on the uniqueness of the project. He informed the students that, India will host World Environment Day 2018 on 5th June, and the theme is “Beat Plastic Pollution”. He suggested that as students they can contribute by following and propagating efforts to combat single-use plastic by simple steps like not using plastic bottles and polybags.
Mrs. Ameeta Mulla Wattal, Principal, Springdales School, Pusa Road welcomed the Guest of Honour Mrs. Radhika Suri, Director, World Wildlife Fund for the Valedictory Function. Mrs Suri, while appreciating the efforts of the School, expressed her delight at the presentations of the students and their conviction to protect and respect their Environment. She enthralled them with her story regarding the WWF Panda, and shared her experiences with them.
In her Address, the Chairperson of Springdales Education Society, Mrs. Rajni Kumar, appreciated the spirit and the commitment of the teachers and the parents who had been involved with the Environment days and the Festival. She encouraged the students to take the message forward in their own lives as well as share it with others.
The Festival concluded on a note of optimism with the young crusaders of nature ready to rise high on the wings of determination to save the Planet Earth.