An Introduction to British Council's International School Award (ISA)
The world is gradually turning into a Global Village and it is quintessential to understand, adopt, appreciate and adjust with Global Culture which is a confluence of myriad cultures existing around the world. A school is a veritable learning field and we gain and gather a great deal both in active and passive manner but in a continuous manner. The learning is of different kinds, scholastic and co-scholastic and now a novel dimension has got added i.e. learning about the world which we popularly term as Global Exposure. This kind of exposure is highly important and completely unavoidable as only those are able to thrive who have its understanding and experience.
Shri Ram Centennial School is firmly determined to transform each and every student into Global Denizen of tomorrow. British Council’s International School Award (ISA) is an ambitious measure taken by school in this regard and the outcomes are phenomenal. Under this drive, the school has undertaken seven progressive projects approved by British Council. The projects are diverse in nature and bring great level of understanding to the students regarding different areas, in fact; they act as eye-opener for teachers and students alike.
The activities undertaken under each project involve a lot of interaction not only amongst each other but with the counterparts in different parts of the globe. Moreover, the activities involve great deal of hands-on practice and complete involvement of each student at all the levels. The amount of research, efforts and fun involved is inspiring and open the new gateways to everyone participating.
The school has decided to adopt and implement many such initiatives in due course of time for the development and benefit of all.
About the Project- "Waste Management: Need of the Hour"
The heaps of all kinds of biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste has turned into a global menace and every single nation is suffering due to it and the situation is going to become grave and worse with passage of time. The problem at hand is serious and is worsening but cannot be termed as problem sans solution. The school picked this Project in order to sensitize the students about the issue which is gaining grounds and making itself firmer and damaging. The damages caused are somewhat irrevocable and the students not only learned about it but took initiative to spread awareness about it amongst the masses.
They also exchanged insights, had interactive discussions and shared useful products and artefacts made out of waste with their counterparts in different parts of the globe. They are the future of the world and the higher level of awareness about such pressing issues in their case is quintessential so that they may start taking measures at their own micro level.
The related activities undertaken in this regard were:
Compost Pit Making
Compost pit making is one of the best and efficient techniques to manage waste. And it becomes far more relevant when it takes real form from mere theory. The students took up this activity of Compost pit making as a part of one of the projects of International School Award, Waste Management: Need of the Hour. They contributed their bit with absolute zeal, dedication and sincerity. Each one of them remained engrossed in handling different aspects of the task at hand till the successful completion.
Visit to a Biogas Plant
Today the enthusiastic students and teachers of Grades VII and VIII of the school visited a Biogas Plant. The objective of the visit which is a part of British Council's ISA Project, Waste Management: Need of the Hour, was to learn the significance of 3Rs (Reduce, Recycle and Reuse) in managing biodegradable waste products. The students learned a striking fact that biogas production is one of the best ways to address global warming. The students under the guidance of the teachers wrote their reviews about the visit.
Best Out of Waste- Skype Sessions
It was enthralling to see the students from El Shaheed Molazem Awel Mahmood Abu Al Ezz, Egypt who demonstrated the use of non-biodegradable waste materials and exhibited quite a few useful articles made of it to our students via Skype session. The activity was a part of British Council's ISA Project titled " Waste Management: Need of the Hour" and can certainly be termed as highly enlightening in all respects.
Excessive waste products and materials have emerged as a global issue and Waste Management as a concept is gaining grounds across the world. To address this macro issue at a micro level, Grade I students of the school exhibited artefacts made of waste with their counterparts in Mihail Sadoveanue, Secondary School, Romania under " Best out of Waste"activity which is a part of one of the seven ISA projects "Waste Management: Need of the Hour" via Skype session. The Romanian counterparts also had a great deal to showcase that added to the understanding of students of both the nations related to waste and its optimum utilisation.
Best out of the Waste Competition
Quite often, we presume that waste materials can never be re-used. But our students created appealing exhibits from the waste under the activity, Best out of Waste which is a part of one of the seven projects, Waste Management: Need of the Hour, approved by British Council for International School Award. The creativity and deftness exhibited by the students was awe-inspiring.