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Wildlife Conservation Nepal celebrated ten years of its education program Nepal Prakriti Pathshala on June 19th, 2013. Ten years ago WCN started its environment education program today has evolved as Nepal Prakriti Pathshala. Its main objective has been to promote a more hands-on education system regarding education of the environment. Nepal being cited as 4th most vulnerable country in the world to adverse effects of changing climate demands a certain urgency to change how we teach children to be more fuel efficient, sustainable in resource use, active in solving local environment problems and being prepared and aware of the global scenario and our role in it. Nepal Prakriti Pathshala promotes and advocates the need for a shift in change from Gas Station teaching style to outdoor education because nature exists outside the classroom and providing children the opportunity to become close to nature will encourage them to become open to the idea of nature conservation. Mr. Mahashram Sharama, Joint Secretary, Spokesperson, Ministry of Education Nepal graced the occasion as the Chief Guest of the program. Mr. Prasanna Yonzon, Chief Executive Officer of WCN delivered the opening remarks. Mr. Sharma, Chief Guest of released the textbook based on local curriculum developed by WCN/NPP in collaboration with Shree Shyameywangphel Higher Secondary Resource Center, Shyafrubensi Rasuwa and Jhuwani Resource Center, Chitwan. The model curriculum \"Langtang ko Serophero\" for Rasuwa and \"Environment Conservation Education\" for Chitwan are already being implemented in 12 schools of Rasuwa (Langtang region) and 34 schools of Chitwan respectively for primary level students from 2069 academic year. A short film on WCN/NPP\'s 10 years of education on wheels was also screened on the occasion. Representatives from Department of Education, District Development Office Rasuwa and Chitwan, resource centers and many other governmental and nongovernmental organizations were present at the program. Mr. Mahashram Sharma, Chief Guest applauded the contribution of WCN/NPP on environment education in Nepal. He also wished success for the continuity of program. Ms. Rajya Laxmi Nakarmi, former Deputy Director of Department of Education, Ms. Hanne Hubertz, representative of Danish Forestry Extension (DFE), representatives of District Education Office, Resource Center, Rasuwa and Chitwan were other speakers on the occasion. Ms. Sanjeevani Y. Shrestha program manager gave the vote of thanks to all partner organizations and persons of the NPP/WCN. The curriculum launched and implemented in Chitwan and Langtang is the first model program on environment conservation education. A new frontier has been added in making a change in the young students of rural and urban Nepal through the local curricula in Nepal. It is our hope that all schools of Nepal will replicate this model program for effective environment education for conservation.

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WCN has initiated a new program called Zero Waste Schools in two schools of Kathmandu by establishing on campus composting and reducing/reusing, recycling programs in an effort to move each school as close to Zero Waste as possible while instilling in students and school staff a sense of environmental stewardship. A Workshop was conducted to build the capacity WCN staffs and volunteers on the Concept of Zero Waste and Zero Waste Schools. The workshop was facilitated by Ms. Cyndra Dietz, Program Director of the Education Program at Ecocycle, Boulder, US. The program covered different topics on waste and the different programs in developing a successful Zero Waste Schools Program.

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WCN has initiated a new program called Zero Waste Schools in two schools of the Kathmandu by establishing on campus composting and reducing / reusing, recycling, programs in an effort to move each school as close to Zero Waste as possible while instilling in students and school staff a sense of environmental stewardship. A Workshop was conducted to build the capacity WCN staffs and volunteers on the Concept of Zero Waste and Zero Waste Schools. The workshop was facilitated by Ms. Cyndra Dietz, Program Director of the Education Program at Ecocycle, Boulder, US. The program covered different topics on waste and the different programs in developing a successful Zero Waste Schools Program.

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In order to assess the amount and the type of the waste being generated in a day by a classroom the students of class 5 of Shuvatara school conducted a waste audit on may 28, 2013 under the Zero Waste School project - an environment education initiative of WCN. Zero Waste school is modeled after Eco Cycle's environment education program, Boulder Colorado, US . The audit was conducted under the supervision of Ms. Brinda Dewan, Nature Interpreter, WCN and Ms. Cyndra Dietz, Program Director,Education Program Eco Cycle.