Sustainability, 17th Feb, 2015
UWC Day, on the 21st of September, is the annual celebration of UWC values that takes place around the world in UWC schools and colleges as well as in town and cities our alumni and national committees are from. In 2014, more than 70 events and initiatives were organised by UWC schools and colleges, alumni groups, National Committees, and individual alumni around the central theme of impact. The sophomore celebrations built upon the success of its predecessor, reaching over 4700 people across six continents. The initiatives ranged from speaker events to music festivals, peace walks to BBQs and the day showed cohesion across the UWC movement.
At UWC Mahindra College, we focused on sustainability as a measure of impact, and organised workshops, lectures, trash clean-up, and a peace concert to celebrate UWC Day with events lasting all throughout the week. We took the challenge of removing trash including plastic from campus and surrounding areas on the UWC Day of Action. During our Trash Clean-Up campaign, the entire community collected and segregated over 370 kilos of trash and recyclable materials.Together, we pledged for a plastic-free campus by 2016! During the week, students participated in a tree plantation drive and organised organic lunch to promote eco-awareness. We organised a PEACE concert that showcased talents of young individuals with the passion for music, dance, poetry and drama on the theme of peace and social action. Our students were fortunate to listen to two guest speakers, Peter Dalglish (Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Party UN-Habitat, Kabul, Afghanistan) and Manoj Kumar (Robert McNamara Fellow of the World Bank/ CEO of Naandi Foundation) who delivered talks and workshops concerning various global issues relevant in the UWC Community.