Green Cross Sri Lanka helps schools get ready for Environmental Diary

Green Cross Sri Lanka is gearing up for the next edition of the Environmental “Green Lane” Diary programme and training local teachers to be drivers of sustainable development through education of children.

On 14 September 2012, 40 Year 5 teachers from schools in the Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara districts of Sri Lanka attended a training seminar organized by Green Cross Sri Lanka at the National Youth Council Center.

The Green Lane Diary, part of the Green Cross Value Change programme, is a curriculum-linked education programme designed by environmental educators to help children become aware of the stresses our planet confronts and how sustainable living can make a difference.

Dr Ajantha Perera, former senior lecturer of the Colombo University and founder of the Solid Waste Recycling National Programme of Sri Lanka, led the Colombo training seminar, which also was supported by Green Cross Sri Lanka President Jagath Seneviratne; Ayomi Warnakulasuriya, Secretary of the Business Unit of the Mitsubishi Corporation, Colombo Branch; Prof. Pradeep Randivala, Senior Lecturer of the Financial and Administrative Faculty of Colombo University and the former Head of the Faculty; and Saroja Ranasinghe, Zonal Director of Education of Maharagama.

The ceremony, which was opened following the lighting of a traditional oil lamp, involved presentations on environmental challenges facing Sri Lanka and the wider world, the importance of natural resources such as water, and role-playing exercises to prepare teachers for passing on the lessons of the Environmental Diary programme to their pupils.

Speakers emphasized the importance of protecting the atmosphere and water for sustaining life. Green Cross Sri Lanka’s president also discussed global warming-related emergencies and the efforts of Green Cross to prepare for and mitigate against such threats.

Green Cross Japan, which is a close supporter of its Sri Lankan sister organization’s activities, started the Environmental “Green Lane” Diary programme more than 10 years ago, stimulating thousands of children across Japan to promote environmental conservation and sustainable development. The Diary programme has since spread to Sri Lanka, Australia and the Republic of Korea.

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