School Level Environment Essay Contest

Clean up Nepal organized a School level Environment Essay Contest on the topic “Waste burning: Its impact and the role of youth to mitigate it” for secondary schools of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur Districts. This is an initiative to raise awareness among schools and students about the issue of waste burning that is running rampant in the urban areas of Nepal. The program was supported by UNESCO Office in Kathmandu.
The essay contest was launched on the occasion of World Environment Day on 5 June 2016 and the winners of the contest were declared on 11 August 2016, a day before International Youth Day 2016.
Altogether 40 schools participated in the contest engaging more than 1700 students. The schools conducted internal contest in the same topic and submitted the winning essay within their schools. Once the deadline passed, the team of Clean up Nepal carefully went through all the essays, and selected the best 20 essays. The 20 essays that were selected were then sent to our panel of judges. Our panel of judges included professionals who had adequate knowledge on this field. The judges included Mr. Tap Raj Pant (National Program Officer, UNESCO Office in Kathmandu), Mr. Bijaya Mani Paudel (Scholar, Teach for Nepal), and Dr. Neelam Pradhananga (Founder of Clean up Nepal).
The best three essays were announced and awarded on Thursday, 11 August 2016 amid a formal prize distribution program at Chamber Hall, Jamal among more than 120 guests. The first, second and third essays were awarded Rs. 30 000, Rs. 20 000 and Rs 10 000 respectively.
A short drama prepared for the awareness on best practices of waste management prepared by youths of Amics del Nepal YOUTH was also shown at the event. The program has been planned on the occasion of International Youth Day 2016 in collaboration with the UNESCO education unit in Kathmandu, the National Youth Council and the Nepal Chamber of Commerce Youth Chamber.
The chief guest of the program Mr. Bishwa Mani Gyawali, Executive Director of Solid Waste Management Technical Support Centre congratulated all the participating schools and students and emphasized on the implementation of Solid Waste Management Act 2068 and Solid Waste Management Regulation 2070 by the local authority.
Nora Wenger, representative of UNESCO Education unit Kathmandu emphasized on the role of youth to attain sustainable development goals 2030.
List of Winners:
1st Prize – Rubin Luitel, Bright Horizon Children’s Home School, Kathmandu
2nd Prize – Prabhash GC, Sainik Awasiya Mahavidyalaya, Bhaktapur
3rd Prize – Abhinav Dev, Budhanilkantha School


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