Ministry propels green culture

  • Bid to promote greenery and conservation education in schools
- CHANDAN KUMAR MANDAL, Kathmandu

Nov 6, 2018-

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology on Monday launched the country’s first Green School Guideline in Kathmandu. The eight-part guideline highlights the concept of ‘One Garden, One School’ among other standards that schools will have to follow to make educational institutions environment-friendly. 

The new guidelines come as per the government directive to promote Eco Clubs in 

public schools. A commitment to this effect was made public on World Environment Day in 2016. As per the guidelines, community schools will turn into a Living Laboratory where students will engage in various environment conservation activities.

The guidelines encourage schools to nurture a garden of medicinal herbs and varieties of fruits and install bio-fencing. 

Speaking at the launch event, the Minister for Education, Science and Technology Giriraj Mani Pokhrel said the guidelines were necessary to promote safe and clean environment in community schools across the country. 

 “The right of children and young people to live in a clean environment needs to be upheld. Through quick co-ordination and implementation of the guidelines from the federal to the local levels, we will need to look at this as a broader campaign towards this end,” the minister said.

According to the guidelines, schools should conduct plantation programmes on vacant land, establish eco-library and bio-museum and keep aquarium on their premises.   

All three levels of government will co-ordinate the implementation of the guidelines by engaging school management, development and conservation agencies in Nepal, according to the guideline. 

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Nepal Country Representative Ghana S Gurung said the guideline aims to promote education on conservation in government schools across the country, and build awareness and engagement of schoolchildren in conservation.

“We had launched conservation education programme in 1994 with the establishment of its first eco club in Bardia. The Green School Guideline is one such effort to bring conservation education to children from a young age,” said Gurung. “The programme has developed further to engage young people through The Generation Green campaign that aims to build a generation of youth committed to conservation and sustainable development in Nepal.”

The Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) has prepared the guidelines in partnership with the WWF. 

Published: 06-11-2018 11:03

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