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Zero Waste at School

location_on Nepal

Empowering children to become responsible citizens of tomorrow

Zero Waste at Schools is a Clean up Nepal’s initiative to educate schools to reduce the waste disposed through a five-module program. It aims to empower students, teachers and school management to understand the facts related to waste and act as catalysts in creating impacts through behavioural changes in their day-to-day lives.


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Anyone can submit their innovation to HundrED Open. All information on this page is provided by the innovator and has not been checked by HundrED. Innovation page has been created by Amod Karmacharya on May 24th, 2022






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November 22nd, 2022
Empowering children to become responsible citizens of tomorrow.
Clean up Nepal

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

Zero Waste at Schools Program is a Clean up Nepal initiative with a vision to educate students and teachers to responsibly manage waste and engage in sustainable practices through a creative, fun and relatable curriculum. The course was designed initially due to a lack of local and contextual IEC learning materials. In 2020, a remote learning system was introduced due to the Covid restriction.

How does your innovation work in practice?

​Zero Waste at Schools toolkit steps out of the conventional textbook study; focuses on the “learning by doing” approach.” Each lesson is combined with a practical activity that helps students learn the lesson in fun, creative, and relatable ways. The five modules aim to understand and adopt sustainable approaches to waste management in schools. The five modules are spread into activities, learning lessons, quizzes, and outdoor activities within an academic year, incorporating students, teachers, staff, and parents. The models are:
Module 1: Introduction to waste and waste management.
Module 2: Understanding and segregating waste.
Module 3: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle (3 R’s).
Module 4: Composting.
Module 5: Impacts of waste burning.
This project is designed to address solid waste management problems in schools in Nepal and complement the schools’ existing curricula for grades 5, 6 and 7. An interactive digital platfrom exist for remote learning: www.education.cleanupnepal.org.np

How has it been spreading?

Zero Waste at Schools was selected as one of the 19 innovative educational programs on waste management for youth and children by UN-HABITAT in 2020. We have reached 30 schools with more than 2500 students, 24 cleaning staff and 132 teachers. Recently, due to Covid, a remote digital learning system has been introduced, helping to reach more students and teachers.

For our future programs, we aim to conduct training with the teachers covering 100 schools in the same municipality (council) and develop new resources, both online and in-text book form, for the teachers.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

Students/Teachers/Parents: Simply log into our system and start the course at www.education.cleanupnepal.org.np.

Curriculum board/policymakers/Mayors and Municipalities: Email: info@cleanupnepal.org.np/Amod.karmacharya@cleanupnepal.org.np or through Clean up Nepal's social media handles.


Online Lesson for students and Teachers: Waste Management in Nepal
Gain comprehensive insight and knowledge by unlocking our zero waste at school program. The courses have been designed for parents and teachers likewise. The website is navigate-friendly for the students with games and activities to keep the students engaged and aware of the environment. We hope you fully utilize the resources meticulously researched and constructed, keeping in mind the context of Nepal. We hope our toolkit will help you and your children bring changes in behaviour that will help keep our cities clean and healthy. When you register for the program, you will access all our modules for primary, lower secondary and secondary levels and a guidebook for teachers on the W.A.S.H (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) program. You will also be provided with access to attend webinars and several supportive links which will help to deliver the module effectively.ZERO WASTE AT SCHOOL 
Instructional Composting Video 🍃
Segregating the waste at the source and recycling the useful materials is the first step toward waste management practices and could serve as a long-term solution. Composting is one form of energy recovery. Composting keeps the organic waste generated at homes out of landfill sites. Composting is a great solution and is crucial in diverting organic waste from landfills. While saving the planet, we can also get rich homemade fertilizer which can be added to the garden for healthy plants and grow vegetables. A little effort towards protecting the environment is better than no effort. Let us nurture nature to have a nurturing future.Composting in your school

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