Saloni Singh had never noticed the hard work done by safai karamcharis – the people who clean up her school – until she started playing a game called Be A Jagrik. Saloni, 15, studies in 11th grade in Jamshedpur Public School in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. She and other students from her school are playing a task-based game which enables them to practice the values of the Indian Constitution and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “I believe that even a small action can make a big impact. My classmate and I got a task to understand the right to equality. We had to speak to people who clean up our school. After speaking to three sanitation workers, I came to appreciate the hard work they do and now I respect them even more. I feel that we never noticed them before. We need to talk to people who do so much for us,” says Saloni. As a part of another task related to sustainability, Saloni avoided the use of private transport and went to the market and school by foot for a week. She did not use any plastic bags. “I found that cloth bags are better alternatives to plastic as they are more durable than plastic bags and biodegradable,” she says. Saloni plans to continue these practices to reduce her carbon footprint and live a greener lifestyle.
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