Archive for April, 2016

Collage exhibition and school’s recognition ceremony

Written by Aina on . Posted in India, News

Last Wednesday 13th April Nektarina Non Profit and Zest Youth Movement successfully hosted in Pune the opening of a collage exhibition and a schools’ recognition ceremony.

The events started at 10:30 am at the Indradhnushya Environment Education & Citizenship Centre with the attendance of participant students, parents, teachers, members of peer organisations, and special guests.

Dr. S. N. Patahn, Vice President of India Council for Cultural Relations, Ministry of External Affairs, and former Vice Chancellor of Nagpur University; inaugurated the exhibition and an officer from the Pune Municipal Environment Corporation was also present.

A selection of around two hundred collage works made with only waste material by students from 5th to 10th grade was set up for the exhibition which remained open to the public for three more days.

During the schools’ recognition ceremony, special guests were given a small plant that was watered by students as a way to symbolize the nourishing experience that the collage competition signified for participating students.


E4S country manager, Suresh More delivered the initial speech in which he gave detailed information about the project and the recent collage competition. He also thanked for the enthusiastic participation of schools authorities and students in all the activities that have been implemented as part of the project.

A message from Nektarina’s Co-Founder, Sandra Antonovic was read by one of Zest Youth Movement’s volunteer, thanking the wide support that the E4S project has had since it began its implementation in India almost 3 years ago.

Afterwards S.N Pathan handed appreciation certificates to schools as a gesture to acknowledge the on-going support and participation of schools to the E4S project and its activities.


Finally, after the ceremony students and teachers got the chance to share their experiences about their participation in the collage competition, and do some brainstorming and an exchange of ideas and opinions with the experienced guests that attended the event.


You can see more pictures from the events at our flickr page:  


Written by Aina on . Posted in General Information, India

This past autumn, during the last Diwali Holiday, (Festival of Lights) in India, we launched a collage competition among students of schools in the Pune region.

The main goal of this contest was to gather the maximum number possible of children and youths to raise awareness on environmental problems and possible solutions; demonstrate how they can be more sustainable in their daily lives; and facilitate an exchange of ideas between them.

Letters were sent to schools to inform them about the competition, and many students participated. The response in general was very much positive: 13 schools in the Pune region participated, with around 1,500 students from 5th to 10th grade, (10 to 17 years old), divided in two groups.

Children and youths were very enthusiastic and did beautiful and original creations. More pictures of their work are available in our photo gallery. Teachers’ cooperation was crucial and they did also enjoy taking part in the initiative.


With the competition we aimed at raising awareness about the role of children and youths as the hope of the future, and the need to understand from a young age, about the impact that all our activities have in our world. By participating in this competition they were not only able to discuss about their ideas with other children their age; but understand nature should not be harmed, but respected and protected, as it is from nature where all our resources come from.

In this competition we encouraged the participation of more schools from the Municipal section, as these government schools do not have many opportunities to participate in such activities that create awareness about the environment.

At the end of the contest a ceremony was celebrated. The three best collages in each category were awarded with a diploma, writing pads and a diary. The prizes were given by the Principals of the Schools and the Representative Teacher, all in presence of the students who were proud and satisfied by the results of their work.

In the next weeks, an exhibition to show case the best works will be organized in Pune.