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Education holds the key to instilling eco-consciousness in younger generation: Dr Manjula Pooja Shroff at COP28 session

 Ahmedabad: Dr. Manjula Pooja Shroff, MD & CEO of Kalorex Group, a name synonymous with educational quality, spoke at a session organized as part of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai.

On Friday, she spoke at the “Green School for Every Child: Preparing Pupils for the Planet” session at the Greening Education Hub in the UAE. She discussed the critical significance of education in developing environmental consciousness and sustainable behaviors in the next generation.

Dr. Shroff emphasized in her speech the growing knowledge among today’s youngsters about the environmental difficulties our world suffers as a result of previous neglect. She emphasized the critical necessity for firms and startups to contribute to sustainability, in line with a shift in mentality toward long-term advantages over short-term gains.

Kalorex Group has placed sustainability at the heart of its ambition to set new standards in education. Dr. Shroff emphasized the significance of incorporating sustainability into the curriculum, as well as encouraging critical thinking, problem-solving abilities, and a holistic learning experience.

“As the new generation grows, so does their consciousness of the mistakes made by earlier generations, costing our planet dearly. We must guide them to prioritise sustainability, promote resilience and create a more sustainable and prosperous future for all. There is a need to envision students not just as learners but as proactive advocates of sustainability, instilling values that extend beyond the classroom, and equipping them with the knowledge and passion to contribute meaningfully to a sustainable future,” she said.

The Kalorex Group has demonstrated its commitment to global sustainability by including all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into its K-12 curriculum through a variety of engaging activities. This novel technique assures that students not only understand academic concepts but also actively participate in efforts that address real-world problems.

Dr. Shroff also discussed different environmentally friendly methods undertaken by the Kalorex Group of Schools. These initiatives include greeting guests with saplings, art and craft competitions themed reduce, reuse, and recycle, rainwater harvesting, tree plantation drives, energy week conservation celebration, participation in environmental research-based projects, best out of waste exhibitions, waste management awareness, paper recycling, sessions on green practices and the environment, and many more.

“Since its inception, Kalorex Group has been unwavering in its commitment to encouraging sustainable and long-term impacts through education. The group recognises the transformative power of education as a catalyst for positive change in individuals and communities and we actively engage with them to drive sustainable practices,” she added.

The session was followed by the launch of Dr. Shroff’s book “Baby Steps to Big Dreams – Essential Conversations for Modern Parents”. The book reiterates her belief that children are the core of our existence, a source of unlimited joy, and the reason we want to excel in all aspects of our lives.

 

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