💧 Wat'er We Learning: A Dive into Bengaluru's Water with Prakriya's Bright Minds 🌏
I recently had the joy of leading a knowledge-sharing session at Prakriya Green Wisdom School, a beacon of learning that transcends textbooks and nurtures a profound connection with Mother Earth and our inner selves.
Our theme? The very essence of life - Water. The brilliant minds of 7th and 10th graders at Prakriya have been immersing themselves in water-themed projects, exploring the depths of this vital resource.
Picture this: a room buzzing with the energy of inquisitive young students. Our topic: water usage and conservation in Bengaluru. We embarked on a journey, starting with the startling fact that despite Earth's vast water cover, a mere 1% is fresh and accessible. Bengaluru, a city with no perennial water sources, heavily depends on rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharge.
The narrative took us back in time, to how Bengaluru has historically managed its water through tanks since the 4th century BC, essential for its water storage and infrastructure. We navigated through the urban challenges of flooding, pollution, and waste management that plague the city.
The students were engrossed as we delved into Bengaluru's primary water sources like the Cauvery River and borewells, and the pressing issues of overexploitation and inefficiency-related water loss. The irony of urban flooding, despite water scarcity, highlighted the critical need for effective rainwater management.
Our discourse wasn't just about problems; it was about solutions. We explored rainwater harvesting, recharge wells, and greywater treatment to counter these challenges, aiming to conserve groundwater, prevent flooding, and improve water quality.
To connect with our Gen Z learners, we infused the presentation with elements of their world - from Taylor Swift song references to Korean heart symbols. It was a delightful blend of science and pop culture, quenching their thirst for knowledge like a refreshing drink on a hot day.
At Prakriya, education is about understanding the symbiotic relationship between humans and nature. The students' understanding of water system challenges was profound, their solutions - innovative and forward-thinking.
Their engagement level was remarkable, displaying knowledge and insight that belied their age. They keenly observed and pondered over every detail of the presentation, showcasing a maturity that was both surprising and inspiring.
As the session concluded, my heart swelled with hope. These young minds are not just being educated; they're being groomed to be the change-makers of tomorrow. For us adults, it's a reminder that sometimes the most enlightening lessons come from the young and enthusiastic.
So here's to the future custodians of our planet. Wat'er we doing about water? We're learning, understanding, and gearing up to make a significant impact. Cheers (with a glass of water, of course) to the next generation of Earth guardians! 🌍💧🌱
Blog by Ayushi