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Transitioning environment learning: GREEN Olympiad, from awareness to action!

One of the expectations from school education is to enhance fundamental knowledge base of the students. In the area of contemporary environment issues, it is a valid expectation that the knowledge is linked with action that brings a change in our lifestyles so that we are able to create a world with minimal negative impacts on our resources. Participation in competition is a valid megatrend in today's scenario wherein testing your knowledge quotient helps us to establish a scale on our learning graph so that we can further improvise and build on this further.

"Education must inspire the belief that each of us has both the power and the responsibility to effect positive change on a global scale." (Quote: UNESCO, Draft International Implementation Scheme 2004)

The genesis of GREEN Olympiad lies on a vision that knowledge on issues related to sustainable development will provide improved stewardship for our planet. One of the driving force of a holistic education provides for interdisciplinary knowledge, skills, and values necessary to achieve sustainable development. This is the area where GREEN Olympiad finds a place in school system. With a combination of direct environment knowledge and focus on improving understanding of contemporary issues the examination is an appropriate test to scale up environment quotient of students.

Children are mostly aware of pressing environment issues, which need to be addressed and related to their day-to-day activities. The information that they gain through participation in the Olympiad is translated into environment improvement activities at the school level.

The project now stretches across all the states and union territories in India, and in select countries abroad. The year 2015 saw participation of nearly 2, 00,000 students from over 2000 schools from across the country and abroad. Schools from cities, towns and districts from across the country participated in the contest.

Over the last several years GREEN Olympiad has evolved and strengthened into an asset of immense potential. Children are the hope of the future and we are happy to see that this program is attaining great heights and we are able to reach out even to the remotest parts of the country.

Project has a huge potential of social acceptance, as it is a direct investment made towards development of an education foundation through environment friendly approaches. This project has made a place for itself in the academic calendar of the schools. A model is being created through this project to bring in awareness about environment issues at the community level through the involvement of youth. This model will be capable of replication in other geographical areas. The ultimate goal is to create an 'Environment Conscious Informed National Network'.

The GREEN Olympiad is endorsed by UNESCO, CBSE, MoEF, KVS, and NVS.

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