Wipro Limited organized the 9th edition of the Wipro Earthian awards for 2019. The annual awards recognize excellence in sustainability within the education process in schools and colleges in India.
Wipro Earthian is one of India’s largest sustainability education programs for schools and colleges. The 2019 edition of the program received over 1300 project entries, out of which winning entries from 10 schools and 8 colleges were selected by an independent jury.
The teams from schools demonstrated their understanding of biodiversity, waste and water through a combination of activity-based learning programs and written essays. The teams from colleges submitted journalistic entries on the themes of water, waste and agriculture in the urban sustainability context. They were felicitated by Rishad Premji, Chairman, Wipro Limited as part of a day-long event at Wipro’s campus in Sarjapur in Bangalore.
The winning institutes were awarded a certificate and cash prize. They will also get an opportunity to engage with Wipro and its expert sustainability partners through continuous collaborative programs that will enable a deeper understanding of issues critical to sustainability.
The Wipro Earthian awards have seen a threefold increase in the number of participants since inception in 2011. The program has engaged on a cumulative basis with over 55,000 schools and colleges, 130,000 students and 13,000 teachers from across India.
The expanded reach of the program has been catalyzed by support from Wipro’s education partners such as Centre for Environment Education (CEE), C.P.R Environmental Education Centre (CPREEC), Wild Ecologues and state governments, who provide on-ground support to Wipro Earthian during the participation cycle of the program.
This year’s key speaker was Sonam Wangchuk, an Indian engineer, sustainability innovator and education reformist. A founding-director of the Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL), he was instrumental in launching Operation New Hope in 1994, in an area that is vulnerable to climate change and is water-stressed. This project is significant as it is a collaboration among government, village communities and the civil society to bring reforms in the government school system. Another highlight of the program was the 2019 national finals of the Wipro Earthian Sustainability Quiz, hosted by noted quizmaster, Lloyd Saldana from Greycaps India. The day concluded with a musical performance by Swarathma, a Bangalore- based Indian folk/fusion band that draws its sound from Indian folk and classical music, blending it with Western sounds like Blues, Rock and Reggae.