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Mission with a vision: When Apeejay International students made a ‘Call to Earth’

Students vouch to eradicate global evils such as pollution, wastage and environmental degradation

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With innovative advocacy ideas, logo design and posters, Apeejay School International, South Delhi students participated in a project, ‘Call to Earth’ in the month of November in collaboration with the multinational news-based organisation, CNN.

Students from the Primary-Year-Programme (PYP), Middle-Year-Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP) shared their thoughts on how to eradicate global evils such as pollution, wastage, and environmental degradation. Through various sub-projects such as ‘Clean Water is Luxury’ and ‘Probono Publico,’ students created awareness about these environmental issues and encouraged community participation and societal well-being. Rishit Sharma, a DP student, says, “We are telling people to raise awareness about cleaning the earth and recycling products as well.”

Students also carried out a cleanliness drive in a colony near to the school. PYP students were sensitised and educated about issues related to water resource management and they in turn came up with ideas on how to recycle wastewater ensuring water reservation. They demonstrated how to reuse waste water to water the plants or to use it for daily activities such as washing cars etc.

Students from MYP and DP came up with the ‘Probono Publico’ initiative, created logos for campaigns, and propagated, advocated awareness on global issues through impactful statements. They emphasised upon the resolution of issues like ocean garbage patch, oil spills, textile waste and polluted air etc. Vaishnavi, a MYP student, says, “Since Diwali, we are working towards ways to reduce the effect of pollution. We must fight air pollution to reduce the number of diseases and deaths caused due to respiratory problems and to do so, we need to act fast.”

These young environmentalists also engaged in discussions with experts such as Ms. Shrimoyee Mathur, Founder, Asmita Atelier, who at her studio offers sustainable, handcrafted and eco-friendly home furnishings, and believes in engaging with sustainable practices to save the earth. She educated students about decreasing the usage of textile waste every day.

At the culmination of the campaign, all ASI staff and students pledged to continue the fight against global issues and take meaningful and effective actions to make the world a better place.

“Service is an essential part of the IB Curriculum at Apeejay School International (ASI). It provides students with opportunities to develop personal and interpersonal skills through engagement with their communities. It encourages them to learn through experience, by taking actions in the service of community members. This campaign ‘Call to Earth’ in partnership with CNN provided ASI students with many opportunities to engage in meaningful activities and experiences which helped them to develop a broader perception and enhance their all-round development.”

-Purshottam Dutt Vashisht, Principal, Apeejay School International 

Mrini Devnani is a Senior Correspondent and Marketing Coordinator at Newsroom. She covers student achievements, interviews and contributions for the website. She was a former Correspondent covering Edutech for the India Today Group, and has passion for Social Media and Digital Marketing. You can reach her at [email protected]

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