“Train students to observe and watch nature, then that is the best education you can give. Nature will reveal its treasures to the students who observe nature respectfully and curiosity will influence each student to change their mindset. Changing the mindset of the students is the primary step of the Green School programme”. Prof. S. Sivadas was delivering the keynote address of the training of Green School Programme organised by the CSI Synod Department of Ecological Concerns on 9th December 2017 at Christugiri Blind School, Varkala, Kerala. Prof. S. Sivadas has been actively engaged in the field of education, interacting with students, teachers and parents and has evolved innovative methods and activities to transform learning into an exciting experience. His two-hour class inspired the teachers.
Dr.Mathew Koshy Punnackadu presented the CSI&CSE Green School Programme and requested more schools to join the programme next year. The Centre for Science and Environment has a curriculum for Green Auditing and the details are available on their website. CSI Synod Department of Ecological Concerns will be publishing a calendar of eco activities for the schools to follow and the department will monitor it.
Rev.Dr.Bhanu Samuel, Vice Chairman of Kollam Kottarakara Diocese presided over the function and Rt.Rev.Oommen George, Bishop of Kollam Kottarakara inaugurated the Green School Programme. During the evaluation of the programme, the teachers expressed their gratitude to the CSI in organising a conference which was an eye-opener to them and some of the evaluation reports quoted below are the examples. Mr. Suby T George from LMS LPS Maranad wrote: “I have attended lot of programmes on Ecology, but this is first time I am hearing a class like this which has inspired me a lot. I will implement the Green School Programme in my School”. Mr. Stanly Yohannan from Kattanam CMS HS wrote: “Today’s classes were very effective and useful. These classes helped me to understand my relationship with nature. I understood that each and everything that God created has its intrinsic value and purpose. I will certainly arrange a meeting of teachers to implement Green School Programme in my School”. Ms. Sherilmol LMSLPS Vilangara wrote: “I understood many new things which were hitherto unknown to me. The classes inspired me. I will arrange a meeting of teachers, parents and the members of local body for implementing it in my School”.
Prof.Dr.Mathew Koshy Punnackad
Hon.Director, Department of Ecological Concerns