Pune: While TERRE Policy Centre has been conducting TERRE Olympiad, a national-level online quiz based on environment-related issues for the past four years to create environmental awareness amongst children, Dr Vinitaa Apte, Founder President of TERRE, said that the response from the schools and parents of Pune and Mumbai is very low.
Many schools from across Maharashtra participate on a large scale, and the maximum participation comes from Jammu and Kerala. The three categories in which the students can register are Sapling (Std V to IX), Plant (Std X to XII), and Tree (Undergraduate students). The exam can be given free of cost and registrations are currently open.
“The fourth edition of the TERRE Olympiad will be held from August 16 this year. The quiz competition is a learning platform for the students and serves the purpose of encouraging today’s generation to understand and contribute towards future sustainability. The quiz has been inspiring students in getting sensitive towards various environmental concerns,” Apte said.
TERRE Olympiad will be conducted in two rounds, the first round portal will be opened from August 16 to September 16. It will have 50 MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) and the students must try to finish the quiz within the shortest period of time. The portal will be opened for students to take the quiz for the whole month. There will also be a second round for the shortlisted students from November 15 to 30. This round will be of a higher difficulty level.
The winners of Saplings and Plant categories will receive prizes like laptop, tablet, hard drive, calculator, Kindle, pen drives, etc. The winners of the Tree category will receive opportunities of internship at MNCs or visits to National Park/Sanctuaries. Top 1,000 students in all categories will receive TERRE gift hampers.
“We have many Zilla Parishad schools as well, at least those that have network access, that participate in the Olympiad. The maximum problem we have faced is from the schools in Pune and Mumbai. They do not entertain us.,” Apte added.