Education Program Success in Ambala

Waste Warriors concluded it's educational and awareness raising program held as part of the ‘Oye! Ambala’ campaign being run by the Ambala Municipal Corporation. The objective was to ensure waste was segregated at the source within 87 schools in Ambala, Haryana. Additionally, the program aimed to raise awareness on the importance of waste management and cleanliness. In total, 77,114 students and 178 teachers participated in the sessions, held from August to September of 2017.

Between July and August of 2017, teacher-training workshops were conducted to educate instructors at both government and non-government schools. Led by a team of four Waste Warriors, the teachers were given handbooks and tool kits to detail methods and procedures to properly deal with trash. The Teacher’s Handbook, a copy of which was given to every school, consisted of 9 toolkits, out of which 5 were mandatory and needed to be completed with all the classes of the school. The toolkit listed the subjects it was applicable to so that the respective subject teachers could conduct the lessons.
[photo: teacher training]
The handbook also laid down the structure for engaging students on activities related to waste management. Activities suggested in the manual encouraged more creativity in student engagement. The activities suggested were not only promoting learning, but also promoting a change of habits, and allowing students to connect with the community beyond the school walls. “The four hour training session was more than sufficient to implement the program,” Joyti, a teacher from GSSS Jansui, said.

Prior to the start of the program, a baseline survey was conducted to test students knowledge on waste management and recyclable versus non-recyclable items. As the scores were generally the same, the conclusion was that teachers must understand the importance of before and after quizzes to make comparisons, and must not skew the results.
[photo: educational toolkits]
The Garbage Detective toolkit, in which 73 schools participated, encouraged students to evaluate the waste being generated within the school premises and also collect information regarding what kind of waste is generated, how it is collected, where it is stored and where it goes. The evaluation also explored if sufficient dustbins were available, if any waste was being recycled and if food waste was kept separate from the other waste.

Other strategies implemented in schools during the campaign were clean up drives, rallies, creative sessions of community arts and crafts, plays and skits and painting wall murals.
[photo: clean up drives]
Conclusively, ninety seven percent of the schools reported that Oye Ambala educational program had helped create awareness about waste management among students and teachers.