- It is our responsibility to keep our streets clean: Mr. Bachchan
- There is a rising environmental consciousness among children across India
- Several Indian schools have introduced waste management in their education
The 4th season of NDTV-Dettol Banega Swachh India was launched by campaign ambassador Amitabh Bachchan on April 20. At the very outset he began by talking about the success of the Swachh India movement across the country, but how it was now time to step up efforts and bring in more people’s participation. “It is our responsibility to keep our streets clean. We need to stop others from dirtying it and not just wait for government agencies to clean it up,” he said.
The actor believes that the first step of community participation is to teach children about cleanliness from a very young age.
Keeping in mind this year’s theme – ‘Clean, Compost, Segregate’ and the grave problem of waste management that our country faces he said that the issue should be included in the school curriculum.
Calling children agents of social change he said, Waste management is a huge problem and we need to inculcate thinking and training about it at a very young age. We need to have a civics class where this is taught as a part of the school curriculum.
Last year Prakash Javadekar Minister for Human Resource Development had proposed to integrate the topic waste management in schools curriculums across India.
Since then, several schools in India have introduced waste management in their education systems along with practicing segregation, recycle and composting in their respective schools.
There is a rising environmental consciousness among children across India, with many schools adopting green practices like waste segregation, recycling and composting in their premises.
Schools like The Shri Ram School in Gurugram, Sri Sri Academy in Kolkata and Kendriya Vidyalaya Rail Wheel Factory in Bengaluru are already leading the way in teaching young Indians about the importance of waste management.