Green Cross Sri Lanka has kicked off the 6th edition of the Green Lane Diary programme with the distribution of diaries to 5000 students in 46 government schools in the Colombo district.
The programme was originally started by Green Cross Japan in 1999 and expanded to Sri Lanka in 2005 and Australia last month. The Sri Lankan version of the programme receives funding from Green cross Japan (2005 – 2007) and the Mitsui & Co., Ltd. Environment Fund with the Japanese version of the Environment Guide Book being translated into Sinhala.
As part of the programme, elementary school children keep a diary for 12 weeks on their ecological activities and environmental impact. Upon completion students’ diaries are entered into the Green Lane Diary Contest with three winners from Sri Lanka being selected to attend the special children’s symposium and award ceremony in December in Japan.
Among the students taking part in the 2010 Environment Diary, 2500 also participated in a Poster Competition to commemorate World Water Day with the theme “Clean Water for a Healthy World.” A judging panel selected 3 winners, who were awarded certificates and gifts.