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, 2015
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Schools Turn Green Ambassadors

Source: Toxics Link, Date: , 2015

‘Create to Inspire’ programme supported by Microsoft was initiated in several cities of India in August 2014. The programme, through working with teachers, aimed at motivating students or youth leaders to be drivers for sustainable future. The programme was a big success as it not only brought students closer to environment but also inculcated the idea that they can make a difference through their actions. Through this initiative, many of the schools worked closely with their neighbouring communities to address concerns relating to waste management, energy and water conservation and become Green Ambassadors.

 The journey came to an end in Noida, Ghaziabad and Patna. During the felicitation event, 29 schools from Noida-Ghaziabad and 130 schools of Patna were awarded for their efforts to conserve the environment. The programme also saw the participating schools and teachers being awarded on several categories like ‘Environmentally Sustainable School of the City,’ ‘Best Community Outreach’, ‘Best Use of Creative Means’ among others. The programme was inaugurated with a prayer by the students followed by inspiring words from many eminent people. This was followed up by certificate distribution and various performances by schools on different themes of environment. Teachers were also made to share their experiences and learning during the 4 months.

 The event ended on a high note with teachers expressing their happiness on being part of the entire ‘Create to Inspire’ programme and conveying excitement about participating in the next phase of this inspiring journey.