Prakriti Khoj, quiz on environment for school children

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To sensitize children towards environment, and make them proactive contributors towards conservation of environment, the Union Enviornment Ministry has decided to launch a national-level quiz competition, Prakriti Khoj.

The quiz competition will be launched on the Teachers Day, September 5.

Prakriti Khoj will be conducted in two phases, in three categories i.e. 8-12 years, 13-15 years and 16-18 years. The first phase will be open only to those schools that have set up Eco Clubs. Over one lakh schools across the country have set up Eco Clubs, wherein students undertake activities like cleanliness drives, waste segregation and composting etc. Eco Clubs were set up under the National Green Corps (NGC) programme of the Union Enviornment Ministry in 2001-02.

Eco Club students education people on cleanliness
Eco Club students hold a cleanliness drive

It will be an online quiz, held under the supervision of School Principal/Eco Club Coordinator.
All information regarding the quiz competition will be provided at a separate web portal of NGC. Those interested in participating in the quiz will have to register on the portal.

The qualification round will be held from September 18, 2017, onwards.

Prakriti Khoj, as the name suggests, will comprise of multiple choice questions on topics including climate change, biodiversity, forest and wildlife, pollution, waste management, rivers and lakes, natural history, international conventions such as convention on Biological Diversity, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora etc.

Based on the feedback received from the participants, the second phase will be open to students from all schools across the country in the year 2018.

The winners will be given cash prizes and each participant will receive an e-certificate of participation, duly signed by Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

“We want children and youth to be actively involved in promoting a mass movement on environment conservation as it is they who can make a difference at both local and community level. We want youth to become Paryavaran Prerak as the movement in due course will lead to awareness at village, city, state and country level,” says Union minister for environment, Forest and Climate Change Dr Harsh Vardhan.

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