Puneet Basur Ma'am, Principal, Bajaj Institute of Learning
Teachers may not always be confined to the four walls of a school. They may come in the form of your parents, siblings, soulmate, friends or simply a companion like your dog. The small moments with these special people in our lives often leave us spellbound with the lessons we may never learn otherwise.
This Teachers' day, do not just thank your ‘on paper’ teachers. Thank anyone and everyone who has contributed in making you, you. Not every teacher needs to be called ma’am or sir and not every teacher needs a stick to teach you a lesson. Experiences with certain people often turn out to be our greatest teachers and should be cherished.
This Teachers' Day we would like to show our immense appreciation for two wonderful teachers in local schools in Dehradun - Taru Singhal from the Bajaj Institute of Learning (Right to Education for the Deaf) and Sarandha Kukreja from the Purkal Youth Development Society. They’re both absolute superstars when it comes to helping their students to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic!
Taru Singhal, Teacher at Bajaj Institute of Learning
Taru Singhal is a Green Queen in every aspect of her life - when she’s teaching at Bajaj she teaches the children about plastic pollution, leads the Eco Club, and promotes sustainable behaviour amongst all of her students. In her personal life, she gives all her food waste to local cattle - to make better use of it, to help their health and to prevent them from eating plastic. She also educates her family on how to properly dispose of plastic milk packets, and uses reusable utensils every single day. Earlier, she used to sell her plastic to local kabaadis so it would be recycled, she now contributes it to the school’s Plastic Gullak to help motivate her own students. In addition, Ms. Singhal also led the fight for a petition with the Nagar Nigam to reduce the amount of disruption local vendors and their customers were causing to school property - including throwing liquor bottles and plastic fast food packaging over the school walls. She also led the sustainable beautification of a hall that was being constructed, including reusing old cisterns to plant beautiful flowers in to embrace nature, and hanging old plastic bottles as decorations. These are no longer at the school but it is so nice that as a teacher she cares so much for her students environment!
Sarandha Kukreja, Teacher at PYDS
Sarandha Kukreja is leading the charge for the Purkal Youth Development Society to be as environmentally sustainable as possible, and we think she’s doing a fantastic job. She leads the school’s Health and Wellbeing Society where, amongst other things, the children can learn about the dangers of plastic pollution and the effect of plastic on individual health, and how to protect the environment. Through the group, Ms. Kukreja has also led clean-up drives to keep the local area looking as pristine and beautiful as a natural area should be, and made posters with the students to educate the locals on plastic pollution and encourage proper recycling. She has ensured that every single class in the school has a monitor responsible for bringing plastic each day to the Plastic Gullak. This way, she is teaching the importance of waste segregation to every child in the school. What a hero!
Without teachers like these, our team would not be able to reach nearly as many people to spread the 3Rs and more for a waste-free world. So to these two heroic educators: THANK YOU! You are an inspiration to us all, and every single day you help us Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!
Written by Jagjot Singh