Kids see a wealth of opportunity in waste

Kids see a wealth of opportunity in waste

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-06-07 10:20 Bengaluru: The 'Waste to Wealth' stall put up by students of Kurubarahalli Government Higher Primary School under the aegis of KIIT University and Art of Giving programme turned out to be a big hit during the World Environment day programme organised by the Karnataka government in association with the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KPSCB) at the Kanteerava Indoor stadium on Monday.The Art of Giving stall had a special theme on how waste can be converted into wealth, with the entire stall being decorated with only waste items. Anupama, an Art of Giving volunteer, said students visiting the stall were "so impressed with the concept that they wanted us to teach these skills in their institutions". "As we are doing a volunteer service without charging a single paisa, we are also looking forward to teach the 'waste to wealth' skills in as many schools as possible," said Anupama. For the last couple of months, the Art of Giving team is teaching innovative skills for free at a number of government schools in Bengaluru.Mamata N Swamy, another Art of Giving volunteer, said she was surprised at the response. "When we began this programme of waste to wealth, we never knew it would pick up so much momentum. Today, the 'waste to wealth' is one of the most sought after past-time activity of students. We request the state government to include waste to wealth as part of curriculum in the state syllabus," she said. Manjula KS, Headmistress, Kurubarahalli Government Higher Primary school, said, "This is a fitting tribute to the World Environment Day programme which concluded on Monday. We have observed that students often bring waste items that have been thrown on the roads and convert into an artefact in the school premises and take this back to gift to litterbugs. We seemed to have hit a right chord by teaching a very important life lesson to students and parents."