Bhoj Kumar Dhamala

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Published On: October 24, 2017 08:28 AM NPT By: Bhoj Kumar Dhamala

Teaching in Eco-Friendly Classrooms

Teaching in Eco-Friendly Classrooms

How to protect the environment is what worries most environmentalists at present. They believe the end is soon if we do not take necessary precautions to stop the environmental crisis caused by the irresponsibility of human beings. This is not as easy as we think but we can begin it from our classroom. Our text books have taught a lot about deforestation, and disasters as a result to our students. They are better informed about it, and can write some good paragraphs on it as well, but we still lack enough provisions of eco-friendly concepts to in our classroom teaching.

The lately flourished eco-friendly approach refers to a friendly and healthy relationship between human beings and their surroundings. It is the responsibility of every human to take good care of his/her environment. Eco-friendly practices and products inflict no threat to the environment.

Products and practices help conserve natural resources. The products are nature friendly, and contribute less harm to the environment. Now, the question may arise as to how one can make the conventional classroom eco friendly and smart. Does it need extra effort? Are there other worrying things to consider? 

One might suspect it might be costly to manage. Actually it’s not. With the minimum use of teaching resources, a teacher can make his classroom smarter and better. Reduction of paper waste, discouraging plastic bags or starting a zero waste classroom policy, either could help. The next step would be providing the concept of RRRs (Recycle, Reuse, and Reduce). Managing a garden and additional bins on the ground for waste collection in the school premise would be an added asset. It helps children develop a connection to the environment, through both learning and experience. This is definitely cost effective and requires no additional effort.

We are in the age of information and technology. Though little bit costly, the teachers can replace their marker board with smart board and make their classroom digital by maximizing the use of technology. Instead of paper pencil assignments to the students, use of technology in the classroom helps in less use of paper which is direct help for nature conservation, as paper is made from trees. The teacher can revise his/her syllabus and make it online plus making the students submit their assignments online too.

Present generation is smarter, better, and more advanced.  Protection of the nature and its resources for keeping our surrounding green in accordance with the technological advancement can begin from the classroom and teachers have the primary hand to make it possible.


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