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Updated: Jan 22

Written by Abigail Chifusa, Global Schools Project Officer.

Global Schools Advocate Gem Jos and her learners have, in recent times, made a very big difference in advocating for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by developing the Wellness Park at their school, Rajagiri Higher Secondary School in India. The park’s design incorporates lush greenery, walking paths, seating areas, and interactive installations.This effort represents the desire to improve physical and mental health, as well as the reminder of the good that can be accomplished by schools working together for better conditions.

In a speech delivered by Thapasya, a grade 4 student at Rajagiri Higher Secondary School, she emphasized the importance of sustainabilityin the school community. More precisely, she highlighted how the Wellness Park aligns with SDG 3 Good Health and Wellbeing which focuses on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages. What’s more, Thapasya explained that the park encourages physical activity, reduces stress, and fosters a sense of serenity, all of which contribute to this goal.

Members of GSP also discussed the alignment of the park with SDG4 Quality Education, which promotes inclusive and equitable quality education for all. They shared how the Wellness Park serves as a learning space, where students can explore nature, observe different plant species, and gain a deeper understanding of environmental sustainability. 

For Gem Jos, incorporating SDG-related themes into classroom discussions and activities is very relevant as it  emphasizes the importance of preparing students to become responsible global citizens.

As part of the inauguration ceremony, Rajagiri Higher Secondary School choir performed a beautiful song called, “Together We Can.” “The lyrics of the song encouraged unity and collaboration to achieve our goals. The choir's harmonious voices resonated through the air, bringing a sense of unity and joy to all who were present,” said Gem Jos.

The Wellness Park inauguration not only marked a special day for the entire school but also served as a reminder of the importance of being environmentally conscious. It reinforced the school’s commitment to creating a greener and healthier future for the students, teachers, and community. The ceremony was followed by a guided tour of the park, where students had the opportunity to explore the various features and learn more about the plants and trees.

The creation of the Wellness Park required the collective effort of  Rajagiri Higher Secondary School’s administration, teachers, students, and the local community. As Gem Jos explains, “Everyone came together to transform a deserted area into a beautiful sanctuary. The park has become a symbol of our school’s commitment to sustainable development and serves as a reminder of the positive change we can achieve when we work together.” 

In the weeks following the inauguration, the Wellness Park has quickly become a favorite spot for students during breaks and free time. They relish the opportunity to connect with nature, breathe in the fresh air, and unwind from the demands of academic life. It has become a place where students can find solace, rejuvenate their minds, and foster a sense of well-being.

Also, the park serves as an example of the positive impact education can have on the environment and the well-being of the student community. 

As the school continues to prioritize sustainability in its educational practices, the hope is to inspire other schools and communities to take similar steps toward creating a greener and healthier future for all.


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