Thought for the day
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
- Matthew 7:7-8
TheCMS Lower Primary School, Vechoochira, makes history becoming one among the winning schools of GSP Audit conducted by Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi.The School willreceive the Green School Award on 6th February in a ceremonial function at Delhi.
CMS Lower Primary School, Vechoochira is an aided school under the auspices of the Madhya Kerala Diocese of the Church of South India (CSI) situated in a rural area in Pathanamthitta district in Kerala. There are 430 students and 17 teachers in this School. The salary of the teachers is given by the government and education is free for all the students. CMS LPS Vechoochira has been actively involved in the Green School Programme since 2014. In 2016, this school bagged the second place in the Green School survey conducted by Malayala Manorama, the largest circulated daily in India, among 7000 schools in Kerala. The students of this school avoided plastic bottles or any throwaway plastics. The students know the problems related to throw-away plastics and they raised the slogan, “Beat Plastic Pollution”. Instead of plastic ball pens, they are using ball pens made out of waste papers. There is a seed in all these pens. As the students are aware of the life in their ballpoint pens, they are burying the pens in the land after use, anticipating that the seed will sprout. In order to counter plastic bags, students are using cloth bags. The School adopted a ward consisting of 400 houses for propagating waste management techniques. A batch of five students visited around 30 houses along with the parents and Senior students studying in Colleges. It became a programme of the whole village with the participation of different categories of people. All the waste from the village has been removed from the village with the support of other agencies and recycling units. The school owns a biodiversity park. They have a good kitchen garden.
The students are active not only in extracurricular activities but also in curricular activities. Students are performing well in all types of Quiz competitions conducted by many agencies and the school got many awards and prizes. The School got the best School award, best headmaster award and the best teacher award from District administration. The Headmaster of the School, Mr. SabuPulladu who is a recipient of the best teacher award, told that out of the seven scholarships available to 79 lower primary schools in Ranny revenue subdivision, the students of this school bagged six scholarships. This year, inspired by the good performance of the school, six students who were studying in a central school nearby joined this school. The Green School Programme has changed the outlook, attitude and performance of the students and teachers.
Prof. Dr. Mathew KoshyPunnackadu,
Director, CSI Synod Ecological Concerns
Sunday, Jan 13,2019
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To promote the message of 'oikumene' among the members and congregations of the CSI in building up a better world based on the values of justice, peace, unity and integrity of creation.
(The CSI Synod instituted a committee for Ecological concerns in 1992. Later, incorporated ecological concerns in the constitution of the CSI. The CSI is the only Church in India which mentions Ecology as a mission in the Constitution and in the Mission statement. The CSI got UNDP Award in 2009 for the eco-conservation activities.)
Create awareness among all people about environmental and ecological concerns and thereby to care for God’s creation.
Encourage people to refrain from abuse of nature’s resources and to strive to keep the earth a habitable place for all.
Encourage parishes to incorporate ecological concerns in their order of worship and include both advocacy and direct action for social justice and the integrity of Creation in missional activities.
Encourage the active participation of all people of good will through prayer, partnership, and involvement, which will help humanity to return to an eco-friendly lifestyle.
Foster eco-friendly congregations, equipping them to realize their role not only as stewards but also as partners of God's creation and address all ecologically sensitive issues from a Christian perspective.
Motivating Congregation to practice Green Protocol in all the activities of the CSI.
Promote Green School Programme in all the Schools of the CSI.
World Environment Day (WED) celebrations on 5th June and observation of days of ecumenical and ecological relevance.
Observing the Second Sunday of June as Ecological Sunday and initiate various ecological programmes in the parish level.
Green (Diocesan, Parish, School, Home) Awards, Diocesan Ecological Convention and Environmental Rally, Rain Water Harvesting, Interactive Eco- Bible Study Programme, Avoiding throw-away plastics, Eco training programme for VBS teachers, Organic farming, Planting of Trees, Pilgrimage to ecologically important places, Regional Eco-Conferences, Green School Programme, publishing of Eco-literatures, Workshops for Ecologically sound church Architecture, promoting Vegetable Garden, Eco-Management in Schools and Churches. Eco-Missionaries Training Programme and Ecological Workshops for Pastors and heads of institutions. Consultations and Camps at international, national and diocesan levels. Eco-auditing, Press-Releases and Statements on Eco-sensitive issues, Publication of Bible-Studies, Liturgies and other relevant resource materials to foster ecological sensitivity.