09 Mar, Gangtok : Teachers from around 32 schools from across the state gathered at the Conference Hall of the Forest Department, Deorali today to attend a daylong
workshop on ‘Karo Sambhav School Programme’-Shaping and Enabling Behavioral Change’ , organized by Rongjeng Technologies Private Limited, Guwahati under the producer responsibility organisation Karo Sambhav, to create awareness on the management and proper disposal of electronic waste aka e-waste.
The workshop was aimed enabling the teachers to understand the causes and hazards of e-waste and to sensitize them on the appropriate ways and means to dispose the same so that they can further share the knowledge with the students in their respective schools.
“Karo Sambhav’s school programme aims at creating awareness on critical environmental issues like waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipments (WEEE), engaging students on preventive environmental strategies like circular economy, and inspiring them to take actions in their daily lives,” stated Miraz Ahmed, the State Coordinator of Rongjeng Technologies.
Ahmed further informed that executing agencies under the Karo Smabhav programme such as Rongjeng Technologies have the task of acting as a bridge between the various stakeholders such as schools, government departments and consumers and creating awareness on the harmful impacts of e-waste on the environment and the health of the people and also to educate them on the proper means and methods of e-waste disposal.
A brain storming session was also held on the occasion wherein the teachers were introduced to the curriculum designed for the students by Karo Sambhav consisting of various exercises related to e-waste management which they have to undertake with the students of their respective schools.
Addressing the programme as special guest, Gopal Pradhan, Senior Scientist, State Pollution Control Board, rued the excessive dependency on electronic gadgets and appliances by the current generation and expressed that this had led to an increase in the amount of e-waste globally.
Pradhan stressed on the need for all the stakeholders, agencies and general public to work in coordination with eachother in tackling the problem and hailed Karo Smabhav and especially Rongjeng Technologies for the noble initiative.
He further asserted that SPCB has been working in close coordination with the State IT Department and the Gangtok Municipal Corporation (GMC) to install e-waste collection centers across the capital and also shared that the board is working on the lines of appointing Environment Officers in the State to further the cause of reducing e-waste and its proper segregation.
The programme was hosted by Sikkim State Coordinator Purna Bahadur Rai.
About Karo Sambhav:-
The Karo Sambhav School Programmeconsists of three phases divided over a period of 4 months. In the initial phase, teachers will be given training on the specially designed toolkit for the purpose, consisting of 6 exercises based on Circular Economy, Understanding Waste, Design for environment, E-waste introduction and Collection, Petitions and Potential career options in the field of Environment.
Teachers will be working in their schools with the students on various activities, community projects, practical field-work.
Karo Sambhav is working with brands like Apple, Dell, HP and Lenovo to generate consciousness around disposal of e-waste; partnering with them on the programme is the International Financial Corporation (part of the World Bank).