Climate Action School Spotlight – Delhi Public School
- School: Delhi Public School
- Location: Nagpur, India
- Students’ age: 12-13
- Number of students involved: 25
India has one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. Also in India is a school with wonderful students passionate about climate action. Delhi Public School, located in Nagpur, India, has been an active member of the Climate Action Project since 2021. Twenty-five students aged 12-13 years old have been working on raising awareness about climate change and finding solutions to combat it, and they are led by a teacher at their school, Shahnaaz Ojha.
Their project focused on reducing single-use plastics and promoting recycling and upcycling locally to mitigate pollution caused by plastic waste. The students conducted activities such as cleanliness drives in the local community, creating an app to help identify banned plastic items, and upcycling plastic bottles into decorative items. These initiatives aimed to create awareness and reduce the volume of plastic garbage.
These activities have had a remarkable impact on the students. They have stopped using plastic bottled water and actively participate in cleanliness drives, particularly in areas close to the school. They have also learned the importance of teamwork, communication, and problem-solving. By collaborating with schools from different countries, they have gained a global perspective and learned from the experiences of others.
“Delhi Public School, lava, Nagpur, India, has been a member of the Climate Action School since 2021. The opportunity has been the window through which the light of climate literacy has brightened the lives of our students. Each session was interactive, propagating the universal importance of the SDGs. The students grew in spirit and soul, reaching out to the world through this platform as we grew together. Thank you, Take Action Global, for CAS 2022-2023.”
The biggest takeaway from the Climate Action Project for Shahnaaz Ojha and her students was the virtual exchange with schools from Argentina, Italy, and India. Witnessing the innovative projects of primary school students in Italy, such as creating filters to catch plastic waste in drains, left a lasting impression.
Other classrooms should get involved in the Climate Action Project to initiate discussions about the impact of climate change on society. It allows students to work together, communicate effectively, and develop essential skills. Additionally, collaboration with schools from different countries allows for exchanging ideas and learning from diverse perspectives.
To stay updated on Shahnaz Ojha’s work with her students and the Climate Action Project, she can be followed on Twitter (@OjhaShahnaaz), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/shahnaaz.ojha ), Instagram (@shahnaazojha), and LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/shahnaaz-ojha-123198260/ ).