From the start, our teams have been well aware of the limits to cleaning up litter thrown by our fellow urban residents, from unaware adults to uninformed youth. Educating students as early as possible is vital because changing their behaviour now and sensitizing them to the dangers of mismanaged waste allows them to become responsible citizens for the future.
Teaching each student the basics of waste – different categories and their different ways of segregating and disposing – carries the greater potential to reverse a dangerous trend of such things like single-use plastic consumption or microplastic pollution in water supplies. These are issues that are directly affecting us now, and will continue to impact our youth in the future if little is done.
In Dehradun: Green Gurukul
Informative & Interactive Lessons
on Recycling and the Environment,
Through Teacher-Training and Student Activities!
Our online SWM education program, "Green Gurukul", is aimed at sensitizing students to their environment through hands-on and thought-provoking activities. We believe that this will ensure the next generation is aware of the impact that our individual actions have on the environment, and that our activities and interactions will empower and equip them with the knowledge to make better choices for a cleaner future.
In Dharamshala: Swachhta Ki Pathshala
In 2019, Waste Warriors Dharamsala launched a waste management education initiative, Swachhta Ki Pathshala, in line with the Prime Minister’s “Swachh Bharat” campaign.
The idea is to integrate children as agents of change in transforming the global waste problem. Waste Warriors Dharamsala has partnered with the state Pollution Control Board, Smart City Dharamshala, and the Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence, aligning mutual objectives and deliverables to achieve the combined vision of engaging the next generation in sustainable waste management.
The program has been designed in such a way that the students not only gain knowledge through the interactive session but they also learn how to transform the knowledge into practice with the help of workshops where they actually get involved in the activities.
Our Swachhta Ki Pathshala program
is supported by HDFC Ltd.'s H.T. Parekh Foundation.
Our government partners since 2019 include:
In Corbett: Children's Day
Children’s Day is an awareness program designed for students in schools around the Corbett Tiger Reserve, where Waste Warriors Corbett operates in 20 rural villages.
The program aims to change their behaviour towards key issues around waste management, including waste reduction, source segregation, proper use of dustbins, harmfulness of plastic pollution, and the benefits of recycling.
The program also helps sensitise children to be aware of local concerns like forest degradation and wildlife/nature conservation. Waste Warriors organises interactive practical and creative sessions that connect children with their local environment in engaging ways.
- We conduct learning sessions through presentations and videos on waste management, recycling, and the environment.
- We facilitate creative sessions on arts & crafts and upcycling using recyclable waste.
- We conduct participatory games & interactive activities for students, teachers, & principals.
- We organize cleanups with students in and around their schools and communities.
- We install dustbins for segregated dry and wet waste waste.
- We also provide waste collection services for schools through trained Self-Help Group women.
What Students Learn:
- Students learn about source segregation of waste, using the right bins, and about waste pollution.
- Students learn about being creative through upcycling sessions using recyclable waste.
- Students learn about menstrual hygiene and sanitary waste awareness.
- Through cleanups, students learn about the impact of waste pollution on their environment and on wildlife conservation and habitat degradation.
- Students are encouraged to implement these solutions at home and in their communities.