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World Environment Day 2017 in Pune

Written by Aina on . Posted in India, News, Take Action, Uncategorized

Last Sunday the 18th of June, Nektarina Non Profit and Zest Youth Movement celebrated the World Environment Day in Pune.

Every year since 2014, both organizations have been celebrating the important date gathering hundreds of participants, most of them children and youths.

 In this occasion over 200 participants attended the celebration that started at 7am.

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To commence the event, participants gathered at Sarasbaug where they took an environment oath to then start a walk for the environment that ended up in at Shaniwar Wada. During the walk, participants displayed signs, banners, and flags with slogans and messages about the importance of taking care of the environment and actions to protect it.

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The rally finally arrived at the Mutha River bank for a clean-up in support also to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission ) national government campaign.

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To close the event an empty banner was placed for participants to write inspiring messages about the importance of protecting the environment and particularly about the 2017 World Environment Day theme: “Connecting people to nature” and/or making use of the “I´m with nature” slogan.

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Not simply a celebration, this event is a sample of how the Education for Sustainability initiative mobilizes and brings together communities in activities that help to raise awareness and act towards a sustainable future.

 A big thank you to all the participants and supporters of our event. A special recognition to the school teacher Mrs Anagha Chavan who flagged the rally and of course to India’s E4S Country Manager, Suresh More.35497970645_affbaa2a33_k

Click the below link to check out more pictures of the event

https://www.flickr.com/photos/122900157@N06/albums/72157682359674662/with/35457532556/

Artworks exhibition and prize award ceremony in Pune

Written by Aina on . Posted in India, News, News & Updates

We are pleased to share with all our readers that last Sunday February 12, Nektarina Non Profit and its Indian partner Zest Youth Movement hosted an exhibition of  artworks from the last two activities we conducted in 2016 with students in Pune: “Healthy and Sustainable Earth” drawings competition and the “Best out of Waste” contest.

The exhibition, which was open for anyone to attend, was held in the “Indradhanushya, Environment Education & Citizenship Centre” of Pune Municipal Corporation. The inauguration began at 9 am with the traditional ribbon cutting and after a short tour of the special guests through the exhibition, everyone was invited to the auditorium for the “Best out of Waste” award ceremony.

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The ceremony programme started by watering a plant as a way to symbolize our project’s commitment towards protecting and taking care of our Earth. Afterwards our country manager Suresh More, welcomed everyone, introduced the special guests and briefly presented the E4S project.

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Mr Ravindra Dharia the Chief Guest of the ceremony and President of Vanarai, an important and well-recognized NGO in Pune working on sustainable rural development, announced and distributed the prizes to the winners of the “Best out of waste” contest. Around 60 students received a certificate of participation, a medal and a jute folder as a way to recognize their effort and meaningful participation in the activity.

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During the ceremony, some students and teachers were invited to share with the audience testimonies of their participation and in the end everyone gathered for a group photo.

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In total, around 150 people attended the event on Sunday. Students and their families, teachers and other guests enjoyed the exhibition and congratulated us for organizing the event. Many thanks to all of them for their support and participation. Specially we want to thank Pune Municipal Corporation for lending us the venue and for their continuous support to our project.

Finally we would like to invite everyone in Pune to visit the Indradhanushya Environment Education & Citizenship Centre to enjoy and reflect on the powerful and beautiful drawings that will remain in exhibition until the end of this month.

If you can’t attend the exhibition, you still can admire the artworks in our photo gallery. To see the pictures from the exhibition and ceremony that took place last Sunday click in the following link:

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Best out of waste 2016 – reusing in a creative form waste materials

Written by Aina on . Posted in India, News, News & Updates

Nektarina Non Profit and its Indian partner Zest Youth Movement, started a couple of months ago the “Best out of waste” contest with the aim of encouraging students to use their creativity to prepare objects using only waste materials.

A couple of years ago, we successfully implemented the same activity in Pune and precisely because it was a huge success and both teachers and students appreciated very much, we decided to implement it again this year.

The organization of the activity started back in early October, when our India E4S Country Manager, visited several schools in Pune to invite them to participate in the activity and to explain the objectives and dynamic of the contest.

As of today, we are proud to say that the response has been amazing. Twelve schools participated and in total 1,500 students aged 9 – 16 years old submitted wonderful and creative pieces of work.

Participants prepared great works using only waste materials such as disposable plastic spoons, cans, pieces of cardboard, plastic wrappings, bottles, etc. Very beautiful and creative pieces of work were created, from decorative objects, to useful objects such as pencil holders and even toys or games.

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Several schools took the initiative to organize small exhibitions to showcase the works of their students and to share the experiences and learnings of the activity with their schools’ communities.

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In the next weeks we will also start to organize a special exhibition with a selection of some of the pieces from each school and to have a ceremony to recognize both schools and students for their enthusiastic participation.

We will update soon about these events.  In the meantime, take a look at a the pictures of the beautiful works created by these children and youths in India. Click here or on the below picture to go to our Flickr album.

Many thanks to all the schools that participated and supported the activity.

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Drawing competition closure – Prizes and winners

Written by Aina on . Posted in India, News

Last 12th of August we celebrated the International Youth Day by organizing a drawing competition among 13 schools in the city of Pune, India with the topic “Healthy and Sustainable Earth”.

Our India Country Manager, achieved to engage in the competition more than 3,500 students aged between 10- 17 years old who created very beautiful and meaningful drawings.

The aim of the activity was to encourage participants to think and express in a pictorial way their ideas about the meaning and needs to live in a healthy and sustainable planet.

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For putting together the competition we distributed invitation letters to several schools, explaining about the activity and its purpose. Schools that were interested were provided with drawing paper and our country manager visited some school groups to guide and explain the activity to the students.

Participants were divided in two categories: one for students of the 5th to the 7th grade and the second for students from the 8th to the 10th grade. Each category was given 3 subtopics related to a healthy and sustainable world to choose from and dedicate their drawing.

Results were amazing and because of the large amount of drawings collected, a preselection of the best ones was done at every school. In total, 10 drawings from each school were selected (five from each of the categories) and 15 of those passed to the final stage.

It was not an easy decision to choose the final winners of the competition as all the drawings were great and showcased powerful messages about sustainability. Our country manager with the help of colleagues with experience in the drawing field selected the 3 final winners.

All the winners were announced in a small ceremony organized at each school with the presence of teachers, students, schools’ Principals and the E4S India Country Manager. Awarded students received a painting and drawing kit, as well as a recognition certificate.

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Even more, one of the schools decided to organize a small exhibition of the drawings from its students, which the whole school community was able to enjoy.

Overall, the competition was a great experience and it definitely succeeded our expectations in the amount and quality of works submitted. We received excellent feedback from teachers and students which we believe provides a very strong argument to our project’s purpose. It is very clear that schools and scholars care and are interested about sustainability and therefore we will continue to organize activities such as this one.

Thank you all who made possible the competition! Teachers, Directors  and of course all the students who enthusiastically participated.

We look forward on pursuing to organize a public exhibition of some of the drawings in the upcoming months.

Don’t miss checking out more of the great drawings in our Flickr album available in the below link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/122900157@N06/albums/72157673228692775/with/29286012791/

Diwali Collage Competition

Written by Alice Rees on . Posted in India, News

While children were away from school celebrating the Diwali holiday, we wanted to make sure that the environment and sustainability were never far from their minds, so we launched our collage competition over the break to keep them thinking.

There were many participants from schools in the Pune region and we will be arranging an exhibition for as many of the collages as we can. Until then, here are some photos from the competition including some of the fantastic completed collages.

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2015 Collage Competition in Pune

Written by Alice Rees on . Posted in General Information, India, News & Updates, Upcoming Events

We are going to be sharing the results and winners of our essay competition very soon, but before we do that, we have a new activity to announce!

We are holding a collage competition in Pune. This will be similar to our Best Out of Waste competition, as participants are invited to create a piece of collage art using waste materials.

While the Best Out of Waste competition aimed to demonstrate that much of what we throw away can be used in a practical and useful way, this competition is to demonstrate that art and beauty can also be found in the most unexpected places, and it is possible to create something special out of what people were throwing away.

After the competition is over, we will be arranging an exhibit to show off as many of the entries as we can. This is so the children involved can compare and share ideas, and will encourage cooperation and lateral thinking. It will also be a great experience for them to see their art in a display.

Here are the regulations of the competition:

  • For 5th to 7th std (junior group), the collages can be on any topic the participant wants, from sports to animals or anything between.
  • For 8th To 10th std (senior group), the collages should feature a landscape scene.
  • Collages should be on standard A4 paper/card.
  • We would like children to complete their collages over Diwali holidays. The entries will then be collected when school resumes.

We can’t wait to see what the participants create. If you want any further information, don’t hesitate to contact us – you can email the event organiser, our E4S India Country Manager Suresh, on suresh[at]nektarinanonprofit[dot]com

Essay Competition in India

Written by Alice Rees on . Posted in India, News, News & Updates, Upcoming Events

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We are celebrating International Youth Day this year (August 12th) with an essay competition in India. We are inviting all schools in the Pune region to get involved, and we’ve provided a selection of topics for children to write about.

The topic for 5th to 7th std (junior group)

  • Are Our Festivals Causing Pollution?
  • Cycling For A Greener Earth
  • Trees: Our Best Friends

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The topics for 8th To 10th std (senior group)

  • How Can We Control Global Warming?
  • A Green Earth Through Renewable Energy
  • Conventional Farming vs. Organic Farming

Essays should be 200 words maximum.

You can find out more by downloading our invitation letter from this post, or by getting in touch with Suresh More, the India E4S project manager, at suresh@nektarinanonprofit.com

The date of International Youth Day also happens to be Nektarina’s birthday – we are six this year! So please encourage all school children in India to get involved and participate in this competition to make sure we have an excellent birthday!

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