This would include all the external factors that affect students. A positive school environment is defined as a school having appropriate facilities, well-managed classrooms, available school-based health supports, and a clear, fair disciplinary policy. The physical environment of school buildings and school grounds is a key factor in the overall health and safety of students, staff, and visitors.
The Challenge for this category is to encourage and devote significant time in exploring issues of the school environmental awareness and then creating solutions which has a palpable impact in our school economy. The changes suggested for improvement could be structural or through introduction of new policies or alterations in the existing ones.
THE BIG IDEA - DIPP
“Ideas are the roots of creation”. The youth of today are brimming with ideas that need letting out. When DPS Sharjah presented the opportunity of the BIG IDEA, there was no stopping the creative juices of the students of 9L who began brainstorming on ideas in order to meet the many prerequisites of the competition.
Their efforts culminated in a winning idea, with the acronym “DIPP” – Drop in Pens & Pencils. At its core the idea focuses on Stationary - something that is consistently bought and used, but negligently discarded. Considering that more than 2 million pens and pencils are dumped daily around the world, with approximately 72% of toxic compounds which are poisonous enough to kill fish, it seemed only ideal that students who form a sizeable part of stationary consuming should also be in the forefront of conserving stationary waste and recycling it.
The implementation of the program has been designed with DIPP boxes to be affixed in corridors in which students can dispose of damaged or unused pens and pencils. These will then be collected at regular intervals and directed to a recycling plant. Though simplistic in its approach, the participation and co-operation of the students is vital and could well turn the tide in how they value and respect not just Mother Earth, but their own belongings by conserving waste and using it to create a better future for themselves and the world at large.
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