Chennai, February 17, 2020: A felicitation ceremony was organized today at Chrysalis, Kamdar Nagar, Nungambakkam for the young eco-warriors of the Chennai under the ‘Karo Sambhav School Programme’. Several schools were felicitated for their outstanding performance in electronic waste (e-waste) management under different categories on the successful culmination of five-month-long school programme. The programme is aimed at building awareness on the critical issue of e-waste and inspiring students towards leading a sustainable lifestyle.
Karo Sambhav, a Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO), engages with school students and teachers in developing and implementing responsible e-waste management solutions across India. Since July 2017, Karo Sambhav has engaged with over 8,05,200 students and 5,368 teachers across 2,684 schools in alignment with the State Pollution Control Boards. Karo’s producer members include prominent brands like Apple, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Vivo.
Talking about the programme, Pranshu Singhal, Founder, Karo Sambhav, said, “It is wonderful to see such an encouraging participation from Chennai schools. I congratulate them all. Karo Sambhav is building a cohesive e-waste management movement across India. Our School Programme is aimed at creating awareness and driving long-term behavioural change among students to tackle the issue of e-waste at the ground level. Students are the building blocks for the society and therefore the programme aims at inspiring them to adopt preventive environmental strategies in their daily lives.”
The Chennai School Programme was launched on 13th September 2019 in partnership with Chrysalis World. It witnessed participation from over 6,300 students studying in class V to X from 21 schools. These students collected around 300 kg of e-waste.
On the culmination of the program, Elite Matriculation School was felicitated for Maximum e-waste Collection. Certificate of Best Toolkit Execution was awarded to Alpha School (CBSE), CIT Nagar. Sri Venkateswara Vidhyalaya Senior Secondary School received the Best Community outreach certificate. Completion Certificates were awarded to 14 schools includingAlpha School (CBSE), CIT Nagar (Platinum), Elite Matriculation School and St. Antony’s Matriculation Higher Secondary School (Silver).
Speaking on their engagement with Karo Sambhav, the school teachers said, “When we started with this programme, the name ‘karo sambhav’ was new. Students, and most of us didn’t understand what it meant. But now ‘Karo Sambhav’ is equivalent to e-waste management. Now all our students, parents and the nearby communities know about this programme as our students have reached out to all these stakeholders through various activities under the programme toolkit.”
About Karo Sambhav
Karo Sambhav (meaning ‘Make Possible’) is a social enterprise founded with the mission to solve the waste management challenge. As India’s leading Producer Responsibility Organisation, Karo Sambhav collaborates with producers and enables them to close their material loops by designing and implementing Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programmes.
Through its programmes, it has engaged 2684 Schools, 500+ Bulk Consumers, 5000 Informal Sector workers in 60 cities across 28 states and 3 Union Territories. It has sensitised over 3 million individuals and collected over 7500 tons of e-waste for responsible recycling since 2017.