Nektarina and its Indian partner Zest Youth Movement undertook the Best out of Waste Contest in Pune from November 2014 to February 2015.
Students were invited to prepare any object they want (like utilitarian or decorative objects, accessories, furniture articles, showpieces, etc), from any waste material, using their inspiration, ideas and creativity, understanding that waste material is something found in the garbage or something that is normally intended to be thrown away.
Our goal through the activity was multiple:
- To reach maximum number of students and contribute to make them aware about environmental issues and how to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle,
- To collect some ideas from students through self-expression,
- Strengths advocating arguments in showing how schools and scholars are interested in sustainability topics,
- For students to learn and progressively understand that resources should be used carefully, that they could reuse waste material and not always depend on new things,
- Engage parents and families in the activity and moreover raise sustainability awareness among them, considering that part of the activity will be done from home,
- Spread inspiration, awareness and sustainability understanding to other students through the exhibition of the works.
Mr Suresh More, E4S Country manager for India organised the activity with some volunteers’ help.
Approximately 600 students, from 10 to 17 years old and from nine different schools very enthusiastically participated in the competition.
The response from the students was very good. They prepared very nice things from different waste materials, which were then put up in the exhibitions. The teachers cooperated positively as well and very much liked the topic.
We focused the competition on children, as we aim to bring them to understand the importance of preserving the environment and moreover learn more about sustainability: That we should not throw away waste things, that we could use them again for different purposes and that we should not cause harm to nature.
The jury has chosen the best works at school level, out of which the 6 best ones were selected. The winners received awards (jute folders and certificates) by the hands of the Principals of Schools in presence of students and teachers representatives. An exhibition and ceremony took place in each school.
We are very proud of the beautiful works made by the students!
Look at the selection below and all the works here (Flickr).