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Roots school organises ‘Environment Expo 2013’

Students create projects that portray environmental issues

Prizes given to students dressed in recycled material clothes

Diplomats and government officials attend expo

ISLAMABAD: The Roots School System DHA1 Flagship Campus, Islamabad in collaboration with Roots School System Harley Street Region, Civil Lines Region and Roots Ivy International Schools organised ‘Roots Environment Expo 2013’ at the Pearl Continental Hotel, Rawalpindi.

The mega event showcased an outstanding display of 3D projects based on environmental topics, including recycling, deforestation, sea pollution, ozone layer depletion, global warming and energy conservation. Pakistan Army Adjutant General Lt Gen Javed Iqbal and Senator Hilalur Rehman were the chief guests of the ceremony. Students had designed projects under the supervision of their teachers and decorated their stalls with intricate arts and crafts, portraying environmental issues and highlighting them with motivating captions, such as, ‘reuse-reduce-recycle’, ‘ocean dilemma: save sea life’, ‘think globally but act locally’, ‘trees are terrific, sun is our future’, ‘go green’ and ‘energy: a necessity’.

The entire event was a massive awareness campaign about preserving and protecting the environment, an initiative by students of the Roots School System DHA1 Campus, Islamabad.

Roots School System DHA1 Campus Executive Director Khadija Mushtaq appreciated and encouraged the students. She said that the event was organised to provide an opportunity to children to learn and create awareness about the environment by imparting the idea that learning about the environment is fun. She also said, “It is our collective responsibility to come up with practical steps to control pollution and effectively preserve and protect the environment by creating public awareness. I advise all my students to progress academically, socially and morally.” Lt Gen Javed Iqbal congratulated the school for nurturing brilliance among the youth and introducing noble programmes that enhanced students’ capabilities, enabling them to thrive in the world. He appreciated the remarkable creativity and brilliant performances of the students, faculty members and the management team of Environment Pakistan.

The panel of judges, included Bahria University Earth and Environmental Sciences dept Assistant Prof Asif Javed, Climate Change Ministry Pakistan Environment Protection Council Director Ziaul Islam, Madiha Robinson, District Environment Officer Shaukat Hayat and Life Trust Message Chief Campaigner Nasir Malik.

Roots DHA1 campus won in the O-A levels category, while Roots Ivy International Schools GT Road Campus and Roots 71-Harley Street and 34-Civil Lines Rawalpindi came second and third, respectively. Winner of the ‘class 1-6 category’ was Greens Montessori School, while Roots School System 34-Civil Lines and Roots Ivy International Schools PWD campus were awarded second and third prizes, respectively.

The ‘green’ walk on the ramp showcased outfits prepared from recycled materials. Prizes were given away to the best-dressed students. The audience watched a virtual tour of a delegation of eight students from Roots School System, DHA1, Islamabad, who went to attend the ‘ENO Act Now! Conference’ held in Joesnuu, Finland in 2011 representing Pakistan. The delegation won the award for best presentation and thus initiated a student organisation, ‘Environment Pakistan’, working for protection of the environment and world peace.

A large crowd attended the expo, including Rawalpindi DCO Saqib Zafar, UNDP Deputy Country Director Gul Najam Jamy, UNDP Programme Officer Saleem Ullah, WWF Pakistan Corporate Relations Manager Rubab, District Environment Officer Shaukat Hayat, Forests Planning Division Inspector General Syed Mehmood Nasir, EPA DG Asif Shuja Khan along with other heads of WWF, UNESCO, EPA, UNEP, Forest Division, Ozone Cell, UNPD and members of the diplomatic community.

Daily Times

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