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Global Citizenship 2019-20

Grade 10 GC Marathon

Addressing Sustainable Development Goal 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Students of grade 10 culminated their GC project after several interesting sessions of surveying, analyzing and brainstorming throughout the year. As part of the last leg, students divided themselves into five groups, each working on a different topic. These included solar lighting, vertical gardening, traffic signage and regulation, electricity conservation in the corridors using motion sensors and water quality testing. Thus, yet another enriching, insightful and fulfilling year of GC came to a close.

- Tejas Nageshwaran, grade X

Every Drop Counts

Through a survey done in our school, we found that there was water wastage while gardening. Our idea to use a rubber inlet to reduce the flow rate in taps did not save water efficiently. Hence, we came up with the solution of Drip Irrigation, which saves water and nutrients by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots of plants from above the soil surface. We implemented it with the help of our GC teachers and are able to save about 100 litres of water per day.

- Reported by the Drip Irrigation team of Grade 7

Sink Filtering

Students from grade VII created strainers for sinks using glue sticks to prevent clogging of pipes in the school kitchen while washing plates and vessels.

- Grade 7 Sanitation Team

Grey Water Harvesting

Grey water refers to wastewater from non-toilet plumbing fixtures such as basins and taps. The reuse method involves diverting waste water from the sinks into a grey water collection system. The grey water is then used for cleaning the washrooms. With this system, we are saving about 40 litres of water every day.

- Grey Water Harvesting Team Grade 7

Solvathon 2020

The ‘Solvathon 2020’ was a fun and informative event organized by Reap Benefit in collaboration with CHSV. Students and teachers from various schools attended this event. Through interactive games and activities, we were taught a simple acronym (DISS- Discover, Investigate, Solve, Share) to remember the steps to ideate and solve environmental as well as civic problems. We learnt to implement this process with synergy, working as a team. We were able to build prototypes and share ideas and it was a great learning experience for everyone.

- Ahana Dey, grade VIII

Solve Ninjas in Action in the Solver Space

Bio Waste Collection Awareness

As a green initiative, our school has installed a Biogas Plant that converts bio-waste to biogas. The student council members addressed the students during assembly by showing videos. The students were encouraged to contribute by bringing vegetable peels from their homes.

Grade 6 and 7 Visiting the Bio Gas Plant

Students of Grades 6 and 7 visited the Biogas plant near the dining hall, during the Global Citizenship class to understand its functioning. They enthusiastically cleared their doubts and committed to bring vegetable waste every day.

Sustaining the Goal undertaken

Grade 12 students created Behavioral Nudges to reduce electricity usage in the school as part of SDG 7 – ‘Affordable and clean energy’. Their initiative is being sustained as they handed over the project to a group of Grade 8 students who are working on the SDG ‘Responsible consumption and production’.

Knowing the Working

The student council members actively participated in a demonstration of how vegetable waste is ground and put in the feeder of the Biogas plant.

Solver Space comes alive

The students who were part of the Solve Boot Camp went through a training session on using the Solve Ninja Arduino Kit effectively. The training was conducted by facilitators from Reap Benefit in the Solver Space. The children learnt the basics of Arduino programming and sensors. The session also enabled the students to build solutions using technology to solve problems. The main objective of the training session was to effectively utilize the solver space to build prototypes that can be implemented in the school.

Women for Women

Fundraiser for a good cause: Few students of class XI initiated their GC project. The group is working towards creating awareness on menstrual hygiene in a government aided school.

Why do you waste food?

Grade 6 students stationed themselves in the dining hall during snack and lunch and interviewed students and teachers. They collected data to study the actual reason for food wastage.

GC Solver Space Inauguration

The parent Funfest proceeds were gifted to our school as the Solver Space and children find it immensely helpful. The Solver Space was inaugurated on 8th November by handing over the keys of the space by parents to the Student Council. The space aims to encourage students to dream, build and execute solutions to real-world problems. To that end, it is well-equipped with Solve Ninja Tool kits and other materials that students can use to create hands-on solutions. Merely days after its inauguration, the space is abuzz with pupils of all grades exploring ideas and projects to solve many issues they face on a day to day basis. On behalf of the student council, we would like to thank all those who made this dream possible.

- Manasa Devi Karthik and S Raghav

Survey on food wastage

Grade 6 is engaged in collecting data through a survey to ascertain the level of food wastage in the school. They are working on the Sustainable Development Goal, ‘Zero Hunger’

Grade XII GC Pinnacle

The Grade 12 Students culminated their GC for the year by doing various hands-on activities based on their theme Affordable and Clean Energy. A group of students indigenously built a biogas plant in our group school, Raja Muthiah Boys School. Another group worked on making prototypes for solar lamps as an alternate for lamps around the school. They also prepared a proposal stating the long term advantages of using solar energy to be presented to the school management. The Behavioural Nudges group made posters and mobiles to be hung in the classrooms as reminders to turn off lights and fans. Based on the energy audit done by the students earlier in the year, they made an impactful video on saving electricity and also presented the data collected during the school assembly. Overall it was a great learning experience for the students.

Grade XI Quality Education

The grade 11 GC team went to Raja Muthiah school and Lady Rani Meyammai school to interview the students and gather inputs on quality education, higher education and general awareness in health & sanitation and digital literacy. The interaction with the students from various backgrounds of the schools was an interesting learning experience. The students of grade 11 are working on the SDG Quality Education.

Solve Ninjas in Action

Reap Benefit hosted the Solve Boot camp for selected Solve Ninjas to take their ideas one step further and be the agents of change for the problems they have identified in their communities.

Solve Boot camps accelerated the solve ninjas’ skills in identifying and solving problems with local DIY solutions, backed by data. The Boot camp this year included a series of hands-on workshops, experiences, and activities spread over 10 days. Solve Ninjas worked on prototyping and mapping friction points on the identified problem statements in the community. The culmination of the boot camp was held in the Hari Shree campus where the students exhibited their work. Students from other schools were also part of this program. All the participants were awarded certificates.

PLOG RUN

To commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, United Way organized India Plog Run, the biggest campaign against plastic pollution to create awareness about the right disposal of plastic. Students and teachers from our school participated in this event to Detox Thiruvanmiyur Beach. “Plogging” is a combination of picking up litter while jogging.

GC- I Care Initiatives

Our Facilitator and her Initiatives

For the past 3 years, I have been diligently segregating waste generated at my home as reusable and biodegradable. The wet waste is used for composting. The segregation of waste has made me more conscious about not using plastics and paper to such an extent that I carry my own containers to collect take away from restaurants. I carry 20 litres of water while travelling. I stopped using plastic of any kind during festivals like Navarathri. I also keep sharing ideas about how we can go green to save the environment. This gives me immense satisfaction that I am doing my part for Mother Earth.

- Ms Sivakamasundari, Math Department

Campaign against Manholes

India has witnessed more than 9000 deaths and 15000 injuries due to pothole accidents over the past three years. In an attempt to reduce these tragedies, we have started a campaign through the Solve Ninja app, urging the Government of India to repair roads and close manholes.

- Shreyas Santhosh, Megnaa, T Sai Roshni, Aadhirai, S Harshitha & S K Logeswaran

Spreading Awareness through Activities

The I Care theme of Food and Well Being for the 4th graders, was internalized through role play, poster making in groups and penning poems.

Solve Ninja App

I addressed the garbage issues in my neighbourhood. I investigated the problem through observation of garbage bins in the neighbourhood and interviewing the corporation workers. I decided to upload the problem in the Solve Ninja app and it was addressed in 24 hours. Presently I am working on a prototype to conserve the energy of ACs.

- Abhinav, Grade IX

The problem I discovered was people not following the stop line at traffic signals. I decided to investigate the problem to know what people think about following the traffic rules. I collected data through google forms. I also observed the traffic signals in Adyar. Presently I am experimenting on a sensor to be fixed on the road which automatically alerts people not to cross the stop line. I believe if people become self-regulated in following the traffic rules, we can avoid accidents.

- Aaditya, grade IX

I discovered the problem of wastage of water while mopping the floors. I got the idea of solving the issue by attaching a water bottle (with a capacity of one litre) to the mop stick. There is a 6-volt battery and a button switch at the top. To complete the circuit, wires are attached from the battery to the pump and the button switch. By pressing a button attached to the bottle the water will squirt out of the bottle for mopping. This has reduced the usage of water from nearly 20 liters (bucket) to 4 litres as I need to refill the bottle only 4 times. Let’s save water!

 - Swayamprabha Narayanan, grade IX

I addressed the garbage issues near the Marina beach. With the guidance from rapid prototyping session during the solve boot camp I came with an idea to invent a sensor in the garbage bins which alerts if the bins are overflowing. I am also collecting information and creating awareness on waste segregation, proper disposal of waste and reuse of waste, through google forms.

- Sheetal N, grade VII

Our team wanted to address the problem of water scarcity. After our investigation through observations and talking to people, we built a water harvester to collect water from wash basins and reuse it in toilet cleaning. The solve boot camp was informative and interesting because we were able to address problems in our neighborhoods and surroundings. We decided to start experimenting at home with our new device. We want to spread the message that ‘Every Drop Counts’.

- T Saicharan, Sandeep Vijay and K Siddharth Kandhan, grade IX

GC Investigation in Progress

The students of Grade 12 conducted an Energy Audit to investigate energy consumption in the school. Grade 10 students did Space Audit to study the area of the school. The students of Grade 7 did a Water Audit to examine the water consumption in the school. A consolidated report and suggestions will be proposed by the students for every grade level for a conscientious change towards sustainable development.

Coastal Clean-Up

On International Coastal Clean-up Day, few students from Hari Shree Vidyalayam joined hands with Indian Maritime Foundation and the US Consulate General staff at Ashtalakshmi Temple. They cleared solid waste, especially plastic which would otherwise drift into the waters posing a severe threat to marine life. Our students along with 350 volunteers collected an alarming 1640 kgs of waste from the beach on that day alone!

Chennai Climate Strike

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” – Robert Swan

A few teachers and students of our school participated in the Chennai Climate Strike, a rally to create awareness about climate change and the importance of protecting coastal wetlands, with a call for action. They rallied on the Besant Nagar Beach Road carrying placards, urging the politicians and reformers to take climate change seriously. This event was a part of the ‘Global Climate Strike’ – the biggest climate mobilization in history, with rallies, awareness campaigns, and events planned in over 115 countries and in over 1000 cities around the world.

I Care

The student council addressed the issue of food wastage during the GC “I CARE” assembly session. The Asst. Head Girl, Manasa Devi, shared the inspirational story of Shriya Shankar, a college student who is the founder of Project Sitara and has worked on several social and environmental projects since the age of 14. She also motivated students to be more active in finding solutions for the food wastage issue in our school. Akkas spoke about the dumping of food by the students in the toilets and their difficulty in cleaning it up. Head Boy, Nandakumar and Prithvi house Captain, Dheekshanya also reiterated the fact of leading by example and help the students of the lower grades to stop wasting food.

A Zero Waste Generating House

We had the opportunity to visit the house of Mr. Suresh, popularly known as Solar Suresh. In order to achieve a ‘no waste generated’ house he has undertaken many projects – solar panels, rainwater harvesting, biogas plant, and kitchen gardens, all just in his house! He walked us through the process of building these eco-friendly projects. Although our school has already implemented many sustainable solutions in the past, we strive to make the school and its locality a greener place.

Grade IX – Climate Action

As part of GC we, the students of Grade IX Marutham, went around the school to measure the amount of air pollution in specific areas using Air pollution checking equipment. We were not surprised to see that the amount of air pollution changed as we neared more traffic-congested areas. It was an interesting experience that gave us an insight into the surprising amount of pollution in our very own neighbourhood.

Quality Education

As a part of the 11th grade G.C. project on quality education, Mr. Sai Krishnan conducted an inspiring and eye-opening session for the students that helped them recognize the importance of education to uplift people’s lives. We realized that in order to impart quality education; all that is needed is an idea and the passion to follow it through.

 - Anya Rajyalakshmi Rajha, Amrutha Nathan and Dheekshanya, grade XI

As a part of Hari Shree’s Global Citizenship initiative, students from Grade 6 to 12 undertook a Pre-Engagement Assessment conducted by the Reap Benefit Team. This assessment helped gauge the students’ present level of understanding, problem-solving and local governance.

Global Citizenship 2018-19

Our Global Citizenship program helps students understand global issues and enables them to address real world challenges in practical ways. It was initiated by Ms.Geetha Muthiah, the school director with the intention of translating the vision of the school into action – Educate individuals to become compassionate, responsible global citizens and contribute towards sustainable development.

As part of the program, students of the school from grades VI to XII spend 1 hour every week on projects of their choice – chosen from themes connected to the UN sustainable development goals. During the academic year 2018-19, students worked towards achieving zero waste in school. The aim is to move from school to homes to the community.

Some of the broad themes and the outcomes are listed below:

Waste Management- Waste is segregated into dry and wet waste. The wet waste is composted, the dry waste is upcycled every where possible. An intuitive waste segregation bin has been designed by the students. A few prototypes have been strategically placed to test the model. The wet waste is being composted by students. They tested out 5 models of composting – roller bin, pit, kambha, wooden crate and plastic drum – to see what will work best for the school. Students have begun the process at their homes as well. The school support staff has been trained so that the process is sustainable. Students have now moved onto campaigning in the community, their first campaign was in a neighbouring apartment. Next they plan to work with local residents associations and the corporation to address the waste management issues in the neighbourhood.

Wet Waste Management

Dry Waste Management

Community Engagement

Upcycling – The upcycling teams are making hand-made paper with all the paper generated in the school premises. They have made pen stands with old trophy boxes and covered it with school uniform bits. They have also learnt to make ‘dhonnai’ from badam and mandaram leaves and supplied it to the school canteen and during school events. The coconut shells generated in the school kitchen have been upcycled into various products like wind chimes, incense holders etc. The upcycling team are also working on sustainable menstrual products. They have sourced cloth pad making kits from eco femme in Pondicherry and are stitching them. They want to change their own practices, campaign for sustainable menstrual practices in their school and community. The students are also working on giving these to the students of Kumara Raja government school nearby to convince them also to adopt the cloth pad practice. This will address the affordability and hygiene issues those girls are facing. Eventually, they want to teach those students to make their own cloth pads.

Good Health and Well Being – A group of students are working on good health and well being. As a part of this, they have evaluated their own fitness levels (12 min run, plank, shuttle run, BMI). They moved onto doing fitness tests for the rest of the school and then parents, teachers and support staff. A 21 day fitness challenge was extended to the parent community during sports day. This included physical, social, emotional and nutritional challenges. A mega fitness event conducted received excellent feedback from the extended community. Students organized healthy food and fireless cooking sessions and compiled a healthy recipe booklet and a fitness challenge calendar to further promote their cause.

Community Fitness

Food and Agriculture – The ‘Food and Agriculture’ group have grown spinach and other vegetables in school and they have also put up a vertical garden with plastic bottles. The compost generated in school is used by this group. The students created a DIY instructional booklet on growing a vertical garden and are now working on setting up similar gardens in the community. A visit to an actual farm and experiencing the activities first hand reinforced their learning and presented the larger picture.

Energy Conservation – The energy conservation group conducted energy audits within the school premises. They interviewed people from different sections of society to better understand consumption patterns and also learnt to read electricity bills. Following which, they worked on switch board mapping in the common areas of the school to reduce the current wasted. This technique assists in the non-usage of unnecessary lights and fans in large spaces.

Water Conservation – The water conservation groups conducted water audits in various spaces to understand the flow rate of water. Following which, they worked on making prototypes of aerators to control the water flow and also did flush tank optimization by low cost methods. They also made seed balls which they distributed to the primary grade students during a school event.

Literacy and Education – The students working on ‘Education for All’ conducted a book drive in school, more than 1500 books were collected. The members of the school student council worked on identifying suitable recipients for these books. They were distributed to various deserving corporation schools in Chennai and also a flood affected school in Kerala.

Hunger and Poverty – A group of students working on Hunger and Poverty addressed food wastage in the school and community. Campaigns were conducted among primary students to reiterate the message and students did a data analysis of the food being wasted in the school dining hall. Simple measures were taken following the data analysis and the school support staff were also oriented on how serving sizes can be reduced on certain days. They participated in ‘Daan Utsav’ – India’s festival of giving  and also worked with ‘Ayyamittu Unn’, the community fridge NGO, in various locations in the city where excess unused food is redistributed to the needy.

Our older students engage periodically with our primary grade students through assemblies and class campaigns to communicate the message of sustainability among them.

We also conducted a civic and environmental problem solving workshop in school ‘Hari Shree Hackathon’. It was conducted by our global citizenship partner, Reap Benefit, an organization that works towards building the next generation of problem solvers. As a part of this our students developed many innovative prototypes like smart sensor taps and showers that can detect water flow, optimized flush tanks, smart walking stick for the blind etc.

A final sustainability project exhibition was organized where all the different groups got to present their work and sell their projects to the parent and extended community. The highlight was the workshops conducted by the students to the visitors on making paper bags, eco-friendly ‘cups and plates with leaves’, hand made paper and cloth pad stitching. Notable residents working on environmental issues also attended the event, motivated the children and are now giving the students real time guidance and opportunities to make a difference outside school.

 

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