Tata Steel, in association with The Energy and Resources
Institute (TERI), started the first series of workshops for students at their
Sukinda Chromite Mine (SCM) in Jajpur, Odisha under their Green School Project
on September 18. This initiative is aimed at creating awareness and
understanding about environment issues in school campuses in the operational
areas of Tata Steel, says a release.
The workshop, ‘Be
Ecomatic – Eco-friendly intuitively’ was kicked-off by Mr M C Thomas,
Executive-in-Charge, Ferro Alloys and Minerals Division, in the presence of Mr
Rajesh Patel, Chief, Mining, SCM Tata Steel, Ms Shruti Agarwal, Senior Manager,
Regulatory Affairs, Tata Steel and teachers and students of the identified
schools in and around Sukinda. Mr Thomas also launched waste paper recycling
kit, which will be given to all the identified schools. The workshop will run
till September 23, 2017 in all the identified schools across raw material
locations of Tata Steel.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Thomas said the project
promotes environmental stewardship in identified schools through classroom and
outdoor activities to improve critical, interdisciplinary and holistic thinking.
The overall objective is to create awareness amongst students on climate change
and how sustainable lifestyle can help mitigate the adverse impact of climate
‘Be Ecomatic – Eco-friendly intuitively’ is a week-long
student workshop aimed at raising awareness among students on environment in
general and conservation of resources in particular. It is a unique programme
that goes beyond promoting awareness by encouraging schools to act. The Green
School Project was launched in April this year in schools across operational
sites of Tata Steel in Odisha and Jharkhand.
Since its inception, the project has worked with teachers
and eco-clubs to instill a sense of responsibility in the target groups to take
ownership of their surroundings and to take a conscious voluntary step towards
The workshop focuses on spreading awareness
and building capacities on four themes – waste, water, energy and biodiversity
– among the school community depending on their needs. The need assessment survey
was also conducted in April and May to identify the priority areas per school,
thus making it location-specific. Activity-based style of learning has been
adopted for students and the programme involves interactive sessions with
experts, movie screenings, quizzes, and hands-on activity. Besides, the schools
have been provided with recycling kits to recycle waste paper and make useful
products. During the workshop there was also live demonstration of recycling of
waste paper in which the students participated very enthusiastically.