A school in Pune is a model example of how to follow a greener lifestyle. Just as we say, – you learn what you live – here the young minds are learning how to live with nature. It’s not just teaching its students chapters on recycling, but setting an example. Its aim is to create an eco-foundation for its children- A fundamental lesson in recycling and conservation. With walls made of plastic bottles, cow dung plastering interiors, roofs of bamboos and straws and pipes for ventilators, the Aman Setu Primary School on the outskirts of Pune in Wagholi is a school literally made out of waste materials of all kinds. All classrooms have been built using the Earth Bag Technique – sacks filled with a mix of the earth and waste products have been sealed and stacked up like conventional bricks, tied with barbed wire and plastered over with a mix of natural waste. The roofs have been waterproofed with old hoardings. Madhavi Kapoor, founder of Aman Setu said “By creating a learning space like this, we are bringing children closer to nature. Not only is the structure kinder to the earth, aesthetically satisfying, cool and comfortable, it is also a dynamic learning space. It’s a hands-on experience for the children to know Mother Nature.”
Source: NDTV, July 4, 2012, Internet edition.