Careful planning on the part of WWF - Pakistan Environmental Education and conservationists team in consultation with the best relevant authorities and academic institutions available to it in the field of education, event planning, child psychology, ecosystem science and conservation WWF - Pakistan proposes an annual plan for a Green School.
For almost 16 years now, WWF Pakistan has been conducting a nation-wide environment spelling competition in Schools. Known by the nationally recognised name of ‘Spellathon’.
‘Spellathon Booklets’ booklets are designed to be utilised by students from Grades one to ten the booklets collectively contain a vast wealth of information, word games, puzzles, exercises and points to ponder about wetlands in particular and ecology in general.
Designed to take a student on an developmental voyage of scientific discovery the booklets ease a child into understanding that there exists different animals, that these animals exist in different environments, that these environments are often integrated or at least over lapping and then examines specific aspects of ecosystem and associated biodiversity.
The Green School will participate in all the events of WWF - Pakistan’s Nation-wide Spellathon free of charge from Level One onwards.
Since the past 12 years thousands of visitors lure to WWF Pakistan’s annual Traveling Nature Carnival as it tours four of the country’s major cities casting its net of environmental awareness, conservation and protection.
WWF - Pakistan’s Nature Carnival is a means of reaching to the public to raise their awareness and understanding for the need to conserve, protect and manage Pakistan’s natural resources. It stresses the valuable scientific and social roles they occupy within the country and region. It also served as a vehicle for government agencies and the private corporate sector to show their involvement and concern in protecting the environmental aspects of the country’s biodiversity.
WWF - Pakistan has welcomed the enthusiastic participation of the Nation’s schools in helping us educate children, teachers and parents in understanding the importance of conserving natural resources and associated biodiversity. Dramatic gains have been made in the country’s knowledge of environmental dynamics and conservation of unique ecosystems.
The Green School will get 10 Stalls free of cost at the WWF - Pakistan Traveling Nature Carnival for 3 D model Presentations and displays.
We at WWF - Pakistan, realise the impact that every individual has onus of conserving the rich and diverse environment of Pakistan. This is one of the reasons why WWF puts a special emphasis on the Individual Membership Programme. Over the years the programme has been charged with the responsibility of nature conservation and fostering a sense of personal accountability towards the conservation of natural resources in the country. It has also managed to organise a group of people with common ideals to influence positive change.
Under the Green Schools Programme all students will be given annual Individual Membership to WWF under the Defender category. Although this category is available to Individuals at Rs.1500 the students of your school will receive it free of cost as part of the Green School Programme.
By becoming a member not only will your students help in creating a future where humans can live in harmony with nature but will also receive a wide range of benefits including those listed below.
Free Access to WWF’s Environmental Library
Free Access to WWF’s Video Center with over 700 documentaries
Discounts on WWF - Pakistan Eco travel exposure trips for students and parents
Discounts on Panda Products
Weekly environmental updates
Free subscription to the E-Natura Magazine.
Free Passes to WWF annual events
WWF Student membership card
WWF - Pakistan recognises that there is a lack of opportunities enabling students to get actively involved in nature conservation, thus to equip students with the initial experience of dynamics of nature conservation WWF - Pakistan’s the Eco Internship Programme was launched in 2009. The Internship plan consists of six motivating sessions aimed at informing students about challenges to the ecosystem, eco-dynamics and sustainable solutions with hands on activities and exposure visits.
The Internship not only creates awareness in school children but broadens their scope as a responsible custodian of valuable natural resources and foster a sense of civic responsibility. They also get the opportunity to be affiliated with highly respected global organisation.
Each session explores an environmental issue such as the energy preservation, water conservation, solid waste management, endangered species, ecological footprint etc through a series of interactive presentations, activities, videos, exposure visits, assignments, talks with experts and discussions.
The schools will arrange for the transport for the exposure visits included in the Internship Programme. WWF - Pakistan will facilitate the visit at the source.
WWF - Pakistan will assist the Green School to run at least three selected activities in school thematic annual environmental campaigns including ‘Say No to ‘Plastic Bags’, ‘Plant Trees’, and ‘Water Conservation’ across the school. All the technical support will be provided by WWF - Pakistan.
Annual interactive Environment Documentary screening will be organised for different age groups in Green School to demonstrate different thought provoking English and Urdu documentaries and video films on various environmental and development topics.
The Eco-Adventure Activity is designed for green students of all age groups, from Grade one till 13. The objective of the Eco-Adventure activity is to create awareness of Pakistan’s natural environment and provide students with an opportunity to enjoy a healthy outdoor experience. The activities are designed to incorporate a blend of skills including physical training, self reliance and inculcate the spirit of team work.
Essentially, this activity aims to develop a sense of respect and love for nature among the Green Students. They will be taught different skills, which include camping, tent pitching, knots techniques, lashing, navigation, compass reading and many more outdoor activities.
For past almost 10 years now, WWF - Pakistan has been conducting Wildlife Photography courses for the stakeholders across Pakistan. WWF - Pakistan has internationally acclaimed Wildlife Photographers on board to capture and keep record of the the unique and rich biodiversity of Pakistan.
WWF - Pakistan will organise “In School Nature Photography” Workshops for Green School students with the objective to discover and develop the student’s skill for nature photography and to raise awareness of the students on the natural resources of Pakistan.
The Green School in Collaboration will organise an environment day in School. The Environment day will feature thematic Play performances, Quiz Competitions, Environment Fashion Show etc. The theme and programme of the Annual Environment day will be selected in consultation with the management of Green School.
WWF - Pakistan will hold annual competitions including thematic speech competitions, Arts Competitions, Essay Competitions etc in the Green Schools. The competitions will stimulate young minds and will visually connect the child with the mental activity, which in case is how people, cultures and environment are connected. The proposed competitions will encourage the students to not only exercise their own creativity but draw from the scientific and social writings of environmental experts to create cogent pieces of work.
The teachers will appoint a monthly Green Monitors who will monitor Green activities. The monitors will be given badges by WWF - Pakistan. The Green Monitors will give small motivational thematic speeches in the morning assemblies eg. Waste management, Water Conservation, Carbon Footprints etc.
WWF - Pakistan will facilitate a trip for CEO/or nominated staff at the manager level from the Green School to the WWF’s project sites.
The Green School will dedicate one corner in the school as Free zone to express Green Views and also where Green Monitors can discuss about upcoming events and campaigns. The green Corner can also feature a wall where the breaking news and fact can be put up for other students’ information. This innovative activity will add fun to the routine activities and will introduce sense of freedom of speech about green issues in the country.
The Green School Programme also aims to not only develop an environmentally conscious generation but will also provide an opportunity to the young students to understand their responsibility by contributing towards community at large.
In all the high rated academic institutions around the globe, community service done by the students is considered a mandatory requirement for admission. WWF - Pakistan’s Green School Programme also provides an opportunity to these students aspiring for higher education abroad to associate themselves with WWF - Pakistan through this programme.