Educating young minds on environmental conservation
Maria’s Public School, Guwahati, Assam, India recently sent its third delegation to the Ninth Student Conservation Corps & Congress (Sc3), organized by Green Schools Alliance (GSA), at US Fish & Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Centre (NCTC), Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA. MPS is the National Coordinator for Green Schools Alliance.
The delegation included two students Mriganka Borah and Pratishruti Barman with faculty members Science teacher Sushmita Chakraborty and National Faculty Coordinator for the Green Schools Alliance Biswajit De.
Sc3 is a seven-day training program held annually at the NCTC, the top environmental and conservation training facility in the USA.
The program was graced with the presence of world renowned experts, naturalists, scientists and conservationists. Participants had an opportunity to learn and study environmental, social and economic inter-connections to address biodiversity and natural resource conservation challenges affecting their generation in the ever challenging and changing world.
Maria’s Public School introduced two new schools to GSA viz Delhi Public School, Raipur represented by Ishani Saxena and Greenwood High International School, Bangalore represented by Aryan Kota. Also, Miss Raina Ahmed, from Pathways School, Aravali was introduced as the Student Co-ordinator and Action Plan Advisor, under the leadership of Mrs. Nellie Ahmed Tanweer, Founder & Managing Trustee, Maria’s Public School, Guwahati, Assam.
“Maria’s Public School with its vision of learning beyond the classroom – Nature as our classroom, strives to set up a platform where students and teachers from educational institutions from all over India can come together and start working for a productive outcome to fight global warming”, said Mrs. Tanweer.
The students were chosen through International Conservation Training Camps at Maria’s BraveHeart Campsite, Rajasthan, India.
The team got an opportunity to interact and learn from prominent and recognized panel of speakers like Ian Cheney – Documentary Film-Maker, Pete Dominick – Media Personality, Susan Cohen, Lisa Hupp and Cameron Conaway – US Conservationists and Naturalists and Rob Watson – Entrepreneur and Pioneer of Green Buildings.
The Indian Delegation team was highly praised and commended for their collective performances by the delegates at the congress which comprised of 125 Schools from US, Egypt, Cambodia and UK.
“Being a part of Sc3 as a student co-ordinator at the Maria’s Braveheart Camp and later at GSA, I learnt to come out of my comfort zone and developed respect towards all life forms. I now understand the relevance of biodiversity to real world issues and sensibly utilize resources while ensuring that I keep carbon footprint to minimal in my lifestyle choices”, said Raina Ahmed, Student, Pathways School, Aravali.
“It is through our Local Actions that we are trying to create a Global Impact. Our sole aim is to connect students and teachers to Nature,” said Biswajit De.