Capacity Building Strategies for Managing Complex Disasters in the Face of Climate Change concludes in West Sikkim

Gyalshing, 6th March, 2020 (IPR): The Two Days ‘Capacity Building Strategies for Managing Complex Disasters in the Face of Climate Change. Climate Schools initiative: Making Schools Climate Smart’ program organized by the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) in collaboration with Sikkim State Disaster Management Authority (SSDMA) and Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS) was successfully concluded at the Community Hall, Soreng, West Sikkim. The program was held from 5th March to 6th March, 2020.
Shri. Kunga Nima Lepcha, Minister, Education graced the program as the Chief Guest and Shri. Aditya Golay, MLA (Soreng Chakung) as the Guest of Honor along with Prof. V. K. Verma, Vice-Chairman (SSDMA), Shri. Ashok Gurung, Up-Adhakshya, WDZP; Shri. P. N. Sherpa, Secretary-cum-State Relief Commissioner (LR&DMD), Smt. Hondala Gyaltsen, Director (School Education); Shri. K. C. Gyatso, Addl. Dir (Education, West), Shri. G. T. Lepcha, Addl. Director, Mines and Geology; Shri. Gayas Pega, ADC Dev. (Soreng); Shri. Himmat Rai, SDM (Soreng) and other Officials, Dignitaries and students.

Shri. K. N. Lepcha in his address to the gathering expressed his joy to be present amidst the students who participated in the two days program. He acknowledged the efforts of the teachers who participated actively and managed the students during the program. He further extended his gratitude to the Organizers for taking the initiative and emphasizing on the disaster preparedness. Shri. Lepcha emphasized on the implications of Building By-Laws which need to be followed to avert disasters in the future. He mentioned that our actions and works determine the future which we want to leave for our coming generations hence we must re-think the way we live and the impact it has on nature.
He further encouraged the students to educate about the things they have learnt through the program and be the global Ambassadors of change which the planet needs.

Shri. Aditya Golay in his brief address spoke on how the State of Sikkim is blessed with everything and how its beauty is radiant and immersive. He then mentioned that the developmental works in the state need to be aligned with nature without hampering the ecology and strive towards making Sikkim nature-friendly. He also mentioned that the program was a way for all to learn about Disaster Management and environment protection which is the need of the hour. He further stated that the depleting water sources are indications for us to work towards its conservation and hence all should cooperate to rejuvenate the natural springs and lakes in the state.

Prof. V. K. Verma in his address applauded the enthusiasm of the Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri. P. S. Tamang towards making Disaster preparedness a priority in order to keep the Sikkimese Community safe. He also thanked the continuous support of the Government towards their work ventures in the state.

During the program the Chief Guest and the Guest of Honor were handed with mementos by the Vice-Chairman. The Education Minister also declared Shri. Aditya Golay as the ‘Champion of Disaster Risk Management.’
The winners of the Art competition were also given certificates by the Chief Guest.
The Winners of the Art Competition are as follows.
1st Prize: Master Aashish Mukhia, K. B. Limboo Memorial Sr. Sec. School, Sreebadam.
2nd Prize: Miss Manjila Biswa, Gelling Sr. Sec. School.
3rd Prize: Master Kailash Pradhan, Tharpu Sr. Sec. School.

The Education Minister along with MLA Soreng-Chakung and Officials visited the Soreng Sr. Sec. School and interacted with the students. The Sunny Weather Lab, a school-based weather station was also launched at the Soreng Sr. Sec. School.

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