Press Release issued by Sikkim State ENVIS Hub, Forest and Environment Department

Capacity Building Workshop on Green Schools Programme held for 160 schools
15th – 16th September 2022, Gangtok
ENVIS Hub at Forest and Environment Department, Government of Sikkim organized a two-day green teacher’s capacity building workshop on the 15th and 16th of September, 2022 at Sidkeong Tulku Forest Conference Hall here in Gangtok for 160 schools of the State. The programme was conducted on the occasion of the World Ozone Day (September 16) celebration and also as a part of the ongoing effort for strengthening the implementation of the National Green Corps School Eco-Club programme in the state.
The workshop was held in batches of 80 teachers from Mangan, Gangtok and Pakyong Districts on the first day and another batch of 80 teachers from Namchi, Soreng and Gyalshing Districts. The programme was based on green schools auditing focusing on challenges of managing solid waste, challenges of sustainable development and climate change. Green schools auditing is a nationwide programme based on the Green Schools Audit manual titled ‘How Green is your School’ published by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), New Delhi. Resource persons from CSE New Delhi Ms Tushita Rawat and Mr Neeraj Kumar conducted the sessions.
The workshop intended to assist the eco-clubs to develop an efficient environmental management system at schools through action-oriented projects. On successful completion of the environmental audit, CSE will issue green school certificates to schools depending on the school’s resource-efficient initiatives. The participating schools will also be registering for the National and State level Green Schools competitive programmes for the 2022-23 session. It is also to mention that, several schools from Sikkim have been awarded among the top 10 green schools of the country by CSE in the past based on this programme. The Forest and Environment Department has also been providing a token grant of Rs.5000/- each to eco-clubs along with resource materials like an eco-club handbook, green school manual, cleanliness tools etc to 856 eco-clubs of the State annually.
The inaugural session had the presence of Shri B.B Gurung IFS, Director (ENVIS) cum Nodal Officer (NGC-Sikkim), Smt Kusum Gurung Joint Director (ENVIS) and other officers of the department. The event was coordinated by Shri Rajen Pradhan, Senior Programme Officer (ENVIS).

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