Award 2011

Schools show the way for waste management

2010-2011, the first year of the TN Khoshoo Ecology and Environment Award for Schools, has been a success. This award is a joint initiative by The Khoshoo Endowment Fund and ATREE, along with The Teacher Foundation, Wipro, IAIM-FRLHT and Pravah. The award was launched in Bengaluru and Delhi earlier in the year 2010. T N Khoshoo Ecology and Environment Award for Schools has been instituted to recognise schools that enable innovative, creative activity that promotes environmental consciousness and thoughtful action.

Coordinating organisations - Pravah, in Delhi, and ATREE, in Bengaluru, started their interactions with schools in July 2010, briefing schools on the long-term objectives of the school awards, and guiding them through the processes for participation. The efforts of the students, schools and the organisers were showcased in interactive Environment Melas in Delhi and Bengaluru on 24th January and 28th February 2011 respectively. The winners of TN Khoshoo Ecology and Environment Awards for Schools 2011 were announced here. The criteria for winning were impact, sustainability of the idea, replicability, and creativity. It was also obvious that the participants were very passionate about the work that they had done. Salwan Public School, Rajinder Nagar, Delhi, and K K High School, Varthur, Bengaluru bagged first place; and Father Agnel School from Gautam Nagar, Delhi, Sri Vani Education Centre (SVEC), Basaveshwarnagar, Bengaluru, won second place for their projects.

Salwan Public School did a project called ‘Parivartan’. The students got a tailor to stitch cloth bags from old clothes and gifted these bags to the residents of their area to use as an alternative to plastic bags. This simple project generated a lot of awareness and positive response from residents of that area. Father Agnel School’s project was on waste management. They created utility products such as folders, floor cleanser from the waste generated in their school to make it a zero waste school. In Bengaluru, both winning entries had done commendable work on waste management. K K High School’s well thought out campaign for dry and wet waste management had a wide impact, as it was carried to school, teacher, locality, and corporate audiences through the efforts of the students. SVEC students visited dump sites and investigated the problems related to waste management. They documented their efforts in segregating waste and composting in a film.

The mela provided shortlisted schools a platform to showcase, interact and learn through peer group discussions. Student representatives from each school gave a presentation to the audience of teachers and children from other participating schools, judges and staff from ATREE. The children gave an account of the purpose, sustainability and methodology of their projects. The winning schools will be given a cash award and trophy at a ceremony during the Khoshoo Memorial Award in Conservation, Environment and Development 2011, to be held in October this year in Delhi. This award honours environmentalists and practitioners for outstanding achievements in the areas of conservation, environment and sustainable development.

Winning schools’ contacts in Bengaluru: KK English School: Coordinating teacher: Mrs Allirani Mob: 9901159949; email:
SVEC: Coordinating Teacher: Latha R V Mob: 9986385428;
ATREE: Kavitha Nagaraj: 9886993259; email:
Delhi contacts:: Ishani Paul, Pravah; email:, competition coordinator for the Delhi Awards.