“The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence”- Rabindranath Tagore
The Legal Aid Community of Vivekananda School of Law and Legal Studies conducted an Interactive Legal Literacy Session on Environmental Issues for the students of Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, District Centre, Vikas Puri, New Delhi-110018 on 30th August 2019.
The aim of the Legal Literacy Session was to create awareness among the students about the various environmental issues plaguing the world and introduce them to the legislation relating to the environment through an engaging and interactive session. The session also attempted to encourage and promote legal literacy at the primary school level.
The heads and subheads of the VIPS Legal Aid Society and the VIPS Nukkad Natak team – Team Mashaal were accompanied by faculty coordinators who guided and supervised them at every stage. The Legal Literacy Session was conducted in the auditorium of the Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya with the audience primarily consisting of students from standard VI to VIII.
The event began with a lively Nukkad Natak performance by team Mashaal which enraptured the students with their scenes and dialogues. The session then proceeded to an interactive session by heads and sub-heads of VIPS Legal Aid Centre.
The student heads of VIPS Legal Aid Centre and other members briefly explained the meaning of environment and the 3Rs of environment. They also threw light upon the ill effects of plastic usage, the plastic debris in the oceans and other water bodies and the deteriorating effect, they pose on the environment and specifically on the marine fauna and penalties which are imposed in case of violation of the law. They also touched upon contemporary issues like the recent Amazon forest fire, groundwater depletion and requirement of rainwater harvesting. They also discussed the initiatives already undertaken by the students in their school and deliberated upon a few motivational quotes on cleanliness inscribed on their school boundaries. The students were also made aware of the abundant natural inheritance of India mentioned in the National Anthem i.e. the Vindhyachal Range, the Himachal Range, Yamuna, Ganges and the Indian Ocean. A brief overview of the environmental rights mentioned in the Constitution of India with special reference of Fundamental Duty of citizens to conserve the environment as mentioned in Article 51A (g) of the Constitution of India was also given. The students were encouraged to understand their responsibilities towards the environment as baton bearers of tomorrow and work on the betterment of the same.
The Legal Literacy Session proved to be an enriching experience for the students as they were exposed to various environment-related issues away from the mundane occurring of an everyday classroom.