Together with KK English School, Meghshala, Namma Bengaluru Foundation (NBF), Srishti School of Art, Technology & Design and Whitefield Rising, Inventure Academy strives to present opportunities to the students to become socially responsible citizens, with a voice to recommend and make changes in the world around them.
This initiative focuses on using Varthur Lake, a 450-acre water body in the vicinity as a case study to understand the impact of human development on the natural environment, with regard to water as a scarce resource.
The field trip began at 6 am with bird watching at Varthur Lake and Kaikondanahalli. Around 9am after breakfast, the students, along with the faculty of the participating schools, left for 5 pre-designated spots around Varthur Lake – Varthur Idgah Road, Varthur Outlet, Thuvarahalli, Varthur Kodi and Ramagondanahalli.
The students and teachers studied the environment, spoke to the villagers in the area and made extensive notes of the various businesses and practices in the vicinity. The emphasis was to study the degradation of Varthur Lake using participatory analysis tools.
On their return to school, the children then translated their findings and observations in great and minute detail with the help of maps and notes. This was followed by a Model Assembly on 02 July where the children ideated on the changes they wish to effect.
Outcome of the event included a resolution on defining roles for stakeholders, including students in conserving water, design challenges and project initiatives. This will culminate in a ‘Kere Habba’ organized by Namma Bengaluru Foundation (NBF) next year.
Major findings/solutions from the 2-day event
Target in 3 mths – Periodic water testing at different points of the lake. The results to be collated, analysed and published.
Target for 6 months – Commitment from students to conduct an audit to assess if residential communities have STPs, and if they are working. Also, to run awareness campaigns at other schools and communities to encourage them to do the same.
Target for 1 year – Create a wet land by reviving an old water body through developing multiple re-charge ponds with rain water from the Inventure campus.