Community outreach and education programs are an important component of the schools’ mission. Our outreach initiatives have inspired students to help people in need and to motivate student interest and participation in helping the underprivileged and orphans. There are many opportunities provided to the children to participate in activities like Paper Recycling, Compost Pits, Vermicomposting, Water Testing, Water Recharging, Tree Plantation, building girls’ toilets and conducting Cleanliness drives.
Welham Boys’ School had participated in its most ambitious Social Service project ever: the Behtar India project. For each student involved, this multi-faceted programme has more than fulfilled the Round Square requirements for social service activity. Led by the school with support from NDTV and Republic TV it has included -
The school Community Service project – the EOTO programme - involves children picked up by the Aasraa outreach team from the streets of nearby Chuna Bhatta and Suraj Basti and brought to our campus every afternoon in the school bus. The Dengue Kit Protection Drive climaxed with a full morning of awareness-raising activities on September 07 that brought 300 children to the government school, Rajpur Road to receive dengue protection kits and to hear talks by the students of Welham Boys about the cause and prevention of dengue.
Biodiversity Conservation and Ganga Rejuvenation
In this project Welham Boys’ School has had additional support from the Wildlife Institute of India. It is a great example of how collaborative initiatives can be leveraged to achieve a holistic development agenda for children to become aware of their immediate environment.
- This “snapshot” project was an introduction to a much fuller ambition which Welham Boys took up: to maintain the water quality, ecological flows, biodiversity value and sustained ecosystem services for the river Ganga.
- Welham Boys’ School invited Behtar India team to become a key partner in the further development of this high-profile project through a community education programme to accompany a cleanliness drive around banks of Ganges in Benaras and the planting of three hundred fruit tree saplings.
- An information campaign was initiated, spreading the message of cleanliness and raising awareness about health and hygiene. This campaign was focused on community Service for villagers who live alongside the Ganga in the Banaras district.
- We launched our participation in the project at Banaras with a visit to a turtle rehabilitation Centre at Sarnath, Banaras; a cleaning and awareness-raising activity on the banks and in local villages; awareness posters in village schools and slogans on walls; and a talk show about keeping Ganga clean and maintaining its bio-diversity.
- Through raising awareness among local people, our students achieved a far deeper understanding of the complexities of managing waste water management, solid waste management, industrial pollution and riverfront development – all aspects of reducing the threats to the biodiversity of Ganga River.