On January 2nd, 2020, a new monthly challenge was started which calls for the student to bring
biodegradable waste from their houses or to collect it in the school itself to prepare organic manure.
The class which collects the maximum quantity of waste will be the winner of the challenge.
Two pits are dug in a corner of the school ground. The waste such as fruit peels, chillies, waste
vegetables, etc., brought by the children is weighed first and recorded, then it is dumped in
those pits. This waste is managed in the pits using alternate layers of soil to help it decompose
Over a period of time, it changes into manure which is the best replacement for chemical
fertilizers. This also increases the humus in the soil and is very beneficial to the trees. We
have collected much waste that will be sufficient for all plants present in the school campus.
Likhitha from 8th Jets said, “It is very good for the plants. Everyone is interested in bringing the
waste and making their class win the challenge.”
The highlight of this monthly challenge is that it had a great impact on some of the parents. D.
Venkatesh sir quoted that parent of Hansika, class 8th Jets, was interested to implement the
manure challenge idea in her locality, with the support of area Corporator. Women of her
locality have taken the initiative and want to start to collect the wastes which are biodegradable.
They are interested to dig a pit and dump the waste in it and want to supply the manure to the
nearby farmers. “Her words have influenced me a lot,” he added.
Hope this challenge brings a shift from using chemical fertilizers to organic compost to provide
us a much healthier and risk-free food.
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