Recycle and reuse
In the run-up to its third edition to be held on June 5,
Oman Green Awards has teamed up with Oman Marketing &
Services Co, to distribute recycle bins for collecting
used papers at various schools in Muscat
Oman Green Award (OGA), Oman’s first environmental award
to honour outstanding environmental vision, endeavours
and achievements of corporates and individuals, has
launched an initiative for paper recycling at various
schools in Muscat in association with Oman Marketing &
Services Co (Omasco). As a build-up to the third edition
of OGA and in line with OGA’s plans to inculcate
awareness about conservation and recycling in the
society, the initiative is aimed at making students and
teachers more conscious about the importance of
recycling and reusing papers. As the first step of the
initiative, around 30 recycle bins were placed at four
leading schools in the city to collect used papers from
the school premises and send them for recycling. The OGA
team visited Indian School Muscat, British School
Muscat, Indian School Al Ghubra and ABA-An IB World
School to hand over the recycle bins which were received
by the principals of the schools along with the
environment/eco club coordinators and students.
They were all praise for the various initiatives by OGA
to spread the message of conservation and sustainability
in Omani society, and especially its attempt to reach
out to the students to make them work as the agents of
environmental change and contribute their shared vision
for a better future.
Congratulating the OGA initiative, Kai Vacher, principal
of British School Muscat, said it would help generate
more awareness among the students about recycling and
reusing. “We are as a school very much committed to
recycling. Sustainability is integrated in the
curriculum of all students form both primary and senior
schools. There are active environmental teams such as
green team, recycling team and eco warriors. The
children are involved in community environmental
initiatives such as beach clean-ups, have links with
organisations outside of school like Oman Botanic
Gardens, ECOMAN and ESO and all classes currently
recycle paper and plastic containers.”
Achuthan Madhav, principal of Indian School Muscat, said
the recycle bin presented by OGA will add value to
various green initiatives undertaken by the Eco and
Health Club in the school. Lalitha Mallya, coordinator
of Eco and Health Club, adds, “The activities of the
health and environment club can be summed up in its
three main objectives: clean school; green school and
healthy school. By clean school we mean the cleanliness
of the child, class room, corridor and the whole
surroundings; we developed the concept of green school
to set up gardens for school as well as for each class
room. In addition, as part of our healthy school
initiative, we make the students bring only Salads once
in a week.”
Papri Ghosh, principal of Indian School Al Ghubrah,
praised the OGA initiative to spread awareness among
students about recycling. “Our school accords more
importance to making the student environmentally
conscious. The younger minds can produce fresh and
genuine ideas to make conservation more effective,” she
avers. Explaining the various activities undertaken by
the environment club of the school, its coordinator
Maleka Ariwala adds, “The motto of our environment club
is to recycle, reuse and rethink. From this year onwards
we stopped giving plastic bags while selling the books
and we asked the students not to cover their textbooks
and notebooks with plastic bags. As teachers we all make
the students believe that we have not inherited the
nature from our forefathers; but we have borrowed it
from our forefathers.”
ABA-An IB World School which received 15 bins has a
total of 14 recycling facilities on its premises, each
with specific bins for paper, plastic bottles, aluminum
cans, batteries etc. “We have been involved in recycling
for many years now and will continue to do that in the
future,” says Terry Storer, principal of the school. The
school also has an environmental club.
Into the third edition
Oman Green Awards is the ultimate recognition for
companies, institutions and individuals in Oman, who
demonstrate a commitment towards responsible consumption
and sustainable growth. The award honours and celebrates
their vision in leading the way to a cleaner, greener
tomorrow. The last two editions of the OGA were a
resounding success in meeting its stated objectives. The
OGA has invited entries for the third edition of the
awards which will be announced on June 5, 2012. It is a
unique opportunity to be part of a national platform to
honour and appreciate outstanding environmental vision,
endeavors, initiatives and achievements in the country.
The nomination form must be completed and submitted
May - 2013
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