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More than 500 children from the local schools and waste picker families from Mahipalpur community joined and learned about waste management through fun filled activities including a children friendly e-learning module developed by the EU project. Children were also made aware about plastic menace and management through a street play by the Avant Garde Academy, magic show and music and dance programmes.
Mr. Shouvik Datta, Senior Programme Manager, EU Delegation in India said: “Children are the future and can make a big difference in helping to protect the environment. Environmental awareness is a priority for the European Union, and today’s fun filled informative activities with organizations like Bal Vikas Dhara can lead to awareness and behavioral change in our communities, which can go a long way to protect our surroundings.”
Mr. Debendra Baral, Head of Bal Vikas Dhara, mentioned that, “Our work with the community is helping to address local problems, including the environmental challenges. We are very happy to see the high participation by the waste picker families and are looking forward to additional cooperative initiatives with the European Union."
Mr. Inderjeet Sherawat, MCD Councillor and Mr. Pravin Mallick, Environment Director, Tetrapak India also attended the event.
The EU Technical Cooperation for Environment in India project aims to contribute towards India’s sustainable and inclusive development objectives based on the local experience of both India and the EU through capacity building and skill development in Delhi and Mumbai. For more information see: http://www.euprojectinindia.com
Bal Vikas Dhara (BVD) is a registered Non Governmental Organization, which has been working in Delhi & part of Haryana in the field of women empowerment, child development, youth employability and empowerment activities and environment for more than 2 decades. For more information see: http://www.balvikasdhara.org