RDF is committed to promoting sustainability and environmental awareness in its schools. A common phrase found around RDF schools is: “Do not waste a drop of water, a grain of rice, a watt of power or a piece of paper”
The schools also recycle. Innovative teachers routinely demonstrate how other people’s trash can be transformed into school treasures: Rice grains illustrate the diversity of crops, leaves become artistic canvases and marbles demonstrate Newton’s Three Laws of Motion. Teachers constantly make use of their environment for eco-friendly teaching aids. The schools ensure they preserve the environment in every activity they undertake. Vinayaka Chathurthi (Lord Ganesha’s festival) is celebrated annually in the RDF schools and every year idols of Lord Ganesha are brought into homes for 10 days and then immersed in water bodies as a farewell. As a part of celebrations, the students and teachers personally craft the Ganesha idol from clay, taken from the nearby ponds. This ensures that there is no pollution caused during immersion and also ensures the use of natural materials. No plastic or electric lights are used; in fact the idol is adorned with natural materials consisting of dried leaves. There are special prayers held for this occasion and even parents come to attend this spiritual occasion.
A clean India is possible only with the participation of one and all. RDF has emphasized cleanliness from the day of inception. When we put the first dustbins in Kalleda Village, other villages followed our example and even today, continue the practice. RDF-Vanitha Achutha Pai Vidyalaya Junior College’s teaching staff, non-teaching staff and management and nearly 200 students participate regularly in cleaning drives. They clean the surroundings of the college including the playground, class rooms, hostel rooms, toilets and open place in front of the college. We are very happy to have pioneered all these environmentally friendly initiatives.