PARK DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
Summer Fields School in partnership with CMS (Centre for Media Studies) has taken up the opportunity to improve the environmental conditions under “Friends for Change” program funded by Disney India. A total of 123 schools from Delhi-NCR have applied in the program out of which 10 schools were shortlisted based on their proposals, detailed plans and series of presentations. SFS was selected to develop the park at the Mahavir Temple complex situated adjacent to the school premise in the heart of South Delhi’s most crowded neighborhood. The park is on a hilly terrain with a great view to the city. The area in the south and west of the park is degraded and offers a great scope for improvisation.
A 10-member core team was constituted including the Principal, nodal teachers, students, parents and community members to carry out the development work. The aim of the program is threefold i.e. improving environment outside school, maximum learning by students (learning by doing) and spreading awareness among people about Delhi’s native and sustainable plants.
Under the program, 100 students from 6th to 9th grade from Summer Fields School will carry out the plantation and upkeeps works amid school hours (2pm-4pm) on Fridays and socially useful productive works (S.U.P.W.) sessions. The program will involve developing the site with native plants and trees like Dudhi, Chamrod, Barna, Karonda, Gundi, Khirni, Kala Sirus, Amaltash, Babool, Kaim, Dhak and many more. The unused terraces will be developed with herbal plants with medicinal value including Basil, Ashwagandha, Mint, Sadabahar, Aloe Vera, Lemon Grass etc.
An amphitheater will also be constructed with a sitting capacity of 25-30 people for conducting awareness sessions for the students, visitors, temple devotees and can be used for community gatherings. The park and temple has high visitation, which generates lot of waste. Composting pits will be introduced for processing large amount of leaf debris and dustbins will be installed to segregate biodegradable waste that can then be composted.
The program will be completed in 4 months and will offer a cleaner and greener environment to the adjoining community.
REPORT ON MICROSOFT CREATE TO INSPIRE PROGRAM
“Summer Fields School” has been selected as one of the leading schools of South Delhi to be a part of Microsoft Create To Inspire School Program. In relation to this on 29th October’2015 a workshop was conducted on Sustainability by Microsoft group. The workshop was to train teachers for conducting 14 tool kits in their respective schools and bringing about measurable impact on the children, who are the future of our society. These toolkits are in line with CCE curriculum. This project when conducted in school will develop 21st century skills in our students, making them responsible citizens of our country.
The objective of the workshop was to sensitize the students towards environment. The programme objective is to build a school culture that offers a vision of innovation, enables teacher collaboration, and sharing of teaching practices. The programme intends to build the capacity on using new pedagogies and creating conditions for deep learning by implementing the provided environmental curriculum linked to existing subjects. The program is an enabler for ‘Swach Bharat’ and ‘Smart Citizenship’.
The teachers and students of Summer Fields School has already started working on this project. There are many interesting activities. They are linked to the topics like Natural Resources in subjects like Social Studies and Social Science. Students can also use simple maths operations to complete the activity. Some of the photographs of students and teachers being actively involved in completion of these toolkits are given below.