AMEETA WATTAL, Principal, Springdales, Pusa Road
NEW DELHI: Involving children in campaigns on water conservation is of prime importance, says National Progressive Schools’ Conference president Ameeta Wattal. She is also the principal of Springdales School Pusa Road, one of the first institutions in Delhi to have a rainwater harvesting plant.
Do you think children today are being
involved in campaigns, especially around water conservation, the way they should be?
I think that a lot of things have gone completely off the radar vis-s-vis children. We are in a place these days where we are only talking to adults about issues. A strange culture has developed where children have got marginalised and even the Central Board for Secondary Education has gone silent when it comes to awareness campaigns involving children. Schools and NGOs are making efforts on their own but these are not institutionalised. It is supressing the activism of thought in children.
Why is it important to involve school children in the dialogue around water conservation?
We recently held a session in school where we discussed the water map of the country and the children were shown the real picture of water availability. Children need to be involved and be made aware of the immediate danger they are in terms of water availability. We are talking about Digital India, but there is no focus on water. These are very important things. The kids will be effecting and influencing attitudes and policies about this issue.