TERI and State Bank of Hyderabad conclude ‘Back-to-Earth’ for Delhi schools

TERI and State Bank of Hyderabad today organised a
valedictory programme to mark the conclusion of their joint project on waste
management titled ‘Back-to-Earth’. Through planned education and outreach
programmes the project helped to generate understanding and support for waste
management issues across Delhi. The project has so far impacted more than 3,000
children in seven schools across Delhi.

The participating schools in this programme are: Kendriya
Vidyalaya, Shalimar Bagh; Air Force Bal Bharati, Lodi Road; Sardar Patel
Vidyalaya, Lodi Estate; Shyama Prasad Vidyalaya, Lodi Estate; Sarodaya Co-Ed.
Vidyalaya, Vasant Vihar; Govt. CoEd Senior Secondary School, Mayur Vihar; Fr.
Agnel School, Gautam Nagar.

Inaugurating the programme, Padmashree Shovana Narayan, the
Chief Guest said “While we talk about waste management and Back to Earth, it is
“us” who create the problem. We litter and dirty the place we call our
“matribhumi” but when we go out to western countries, we follow rules and
regulation regarding littering. To manage waste, we all need to change our
habits.” She also spoke about the loss of wildlife, increasing acidic content
in the river Ganga, and undertook a pledge, along with the audience, to resolve
waste management.

Delivering the thematic address, Dr Suneel Pandey, Director,
TERI, said “the growing toxicity in the environment and contamination of
water bodies are the result of improper waste management. It is very evident
that we need proper recycling methods, organized disposal, and greater
awareness to tackle the problem. In the present times Delhi is stated to be
competing with Beijing in being number one in pollution. A race we could avoid

In his keynote address, Mr Ajay Kumar Sreen, DGM, State
Bank of Hyderabad (SBH), said “The bank has been sensitive towards environment
issues and has implemented various measures to safeguard it, like introduction
of green and paperless banking to save the environment. I am sure this
programme has made the required impact in the lives of the children and
motivated them to undertake conscious decisions to help preserve the

Initiated in October 2014, ‘Back-to-Earth’ engaged children
into creative thinking and helped them develop competence in waste management,
through various innovative educational and outreach components like books,
educational kits, learning material, brainstorming sessions and practical
experience. This programme enabled to strengthen the knowledge on waste
management and the importance of 4Rs (Refuse Reuse Reduce Recycle) among the
children and make them aware on the need to take the necessary actions to
conserve the environment. The programme was introduced and launched in three
phases in the selected seven schools for the children aged between 8 to 14
years. In the concluding phase, the students were evaluated and acknowledged
for their performance.

As part of the programme, the participating schools were
also awarded in acknowledgment for their efforts in driving the programme to
ensure a positive impact on the environment.

Based on the outcome of this pilot project, SBH and TERI
hope to extend the ambit of this programme by introducing it in other areas and
engaging on various other pressing issues on environment in the forthcoming


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