On the 30th and 31st of January’19, the students of Seth Anandram Jaipuria School engaged in a whole school activity, brainstorming on real world problems related to E waste. Different classes engaged in different activities and the school was abuzz with excited discussions, hands on activities, viewing videos and expressing opinions, making robots from e-waste and many more. An overall awareness about this menace resulted and the report will be shared with ‘Karo Sambhav’ that suggested this initiative. It is an organization that finds inclusive, sustainable, scalable and transparent solutions for e-waste handling in India and our school joined hands with them in taking this awareness forward.
Rapid economic growth, coupled with urbanization and a growing demand for consumer goods, has increased both the consumption and the production of electronic gadgets across the globe. As these goods are being treated as disposable items more and more every day, there is a whooping rise in the percentage of e-waste being generated. E-waste is the term used to describe old, end-of-life electronic appliances such as computers, laptops, TVs, DVD players, mobile phones, mp3 players, etc., which have been disposed by their original users.
The objective of the whole school activity was to make the students understand the importance of responsible consumption and production, the need to reduce, reuse and recycle and to bring to light the toxicity levels in various electronic gadgets.
The following activities were taken up by different classes-
|Class Nursey-Reused the old and damaged CDs to make diyas for Diwali|
|Class KG-Reused the damaged CDs to make a clock.|
|Class I– Video on – What is E-Waste/ Identifying and Colouring e-waste worksheet was done post a class discussion.|
|Class II– Video on – What is E-Waste management and Journey of garbage/ Landfill picture analysis and class discussion –|
|Class III– Audio on “Environmentalists teach Dos and Don’ts of e-waste. Group activity-Children had discussions on e-waste management/Mind maps were made. Vocabulary like- dumping ground, smoldering, wasteland etc were discussed|
|Class IVA– Word Search-The children did a puzzle worksheet on words related to e-waste like refurbish, landfill, etc.|
|Class IVB-PowerPoint on, ‘Why is the computer considered toxic’|
|Class VA-Poster-making was taken up by the students to spread the awareness on e-waste management.|
|Class VB-3D Paint Software was used by the children to make drawings on e-waste management.|
|Class VI-The children were shown a video on e-waste management. They designed robots using e-waste.|
|Class VIIA-The students used multiplication/division/averages to estimate the e waste in their community and learnt about electronics recycling.|
|Class VIIIB-Through research the students learnt about the materials used in the modern day electronics and the need to recycle them.|
|Class IXA/B-Video on children being employed at waste segregation sites/carcinogenic materials in electronics followed by a brainstorming session.|
|According to statistics, India has emerged as the world’s second largest mobile market and the fifth largest producer of e-waste in the world; discarding roughly 18.5lakh tons of electronic waste last year. With numbers growing at an alarming rate, we hope that such initiatives at school level will help in building responsible citizens who are empathetic and future sensitive.|