A very specific beginning rite for the brand new faculty 12 months, and not using balloons, glitter confetti or celebrations packed with plastic plates, has taken vicinity at the Vietnam Australia International School (VAS). Nevertheless, the exciting and significant environment of the first day of faculty changed into now not affected due to the fact this year, greater than 20,000 VAS students, mother, and father, instructors and body of workers have consented to perform an extra assignment – to keep the living surroundings for the harmonious development of each nature and humanity.

The obligation of an educational employer to cope with environmental issues

Breaking the balance of nature and polluting the water, soil, and air will no longer handiest reason 77% of the flora and fauna to be misplaced on Earth however also directly impacts each day lifestyles of human beings in phrases of the excellent of the meals, water and air we eat every day. Compared to other nations inside the vicinity and the world, Viet Nam is presently on “pink alert” as it’s miles revealed to be discharging the fourth maximum extent of plastic waste into the sea and HCM City, in which we are primarily based, is ranked 15th in the list of the most polluted cities in Southeast Asia.

As the most important educational corporation in HCM City with almost 9,500 college students and an exquisite place nurturing the future era of u . S. A ., VAS knows it’s time to proportion its responsibility with the community and foster its students to take this obligation as Vietnamese residents. Accordingly, from the 2019-2020 school yr, VAS will enforce the environmental project “Green School Year” with realistic programs for its students, parents, instructors, workforce, and partners to participate in. This confirms that VAS will decide to assist all environmental safety activities.

Nurturing the Green Generation – The lengthy-term academic assignment of VAS

In a letter sent to college students on the occasion of the brand new faculty yr, Mr. Marcel van Miert – VAS’s Executive Chairman shared: “I understand it is not too overdue to raise the consciousness of environmental safety despite the fact that Viet Nam is taking slower steps than evolved countries in the global. But I actually have discovered good-sized efforts and activities in recent times via the government, HCM City, news organizations, companies, households or even Vietnamese younger human beings at your age to lessen waste, guard the environment and hold nature. Those moves are progressively leading to a massive trade! More than ever, VASers now want to enroll in fingers to take the duty of a Vietnamese citizen earlier than turning into international citizens.”

From September, VAS students will proportion this inspirational assignment thru “VAS Talks 2019” collection and other contests including “Green Corner”, “VAS Community Programme” and “VAS Green Day Run” – a fundraising event to plant bushes, with an goal to spread the message and produce sensible answers to shield the planet. Sets of waste segregation trash bins were positioned in seven campuses of VAS to help students begin a routine of decreasing and sorting waste at faculty, as well as encouraging them to keep paper, power, and water; minimize meals waste, actively reuse, recycle and plant more timber.

Mr. Marcel van Miert emphasized: “Through a lot of these activities, VAS desires students for you to construct wonderful mind, conduct and movements and from that create a green lifestyle of civilized citizens – the Green Generation of VAS! Furthermore, I wish every student and every family will be a part of us – the complete VAS network, to mild the hearth of wish in restoring the sparkling living surroundings which the entire global is joining hands with.”

Turn the college into a Green Community

The college is aware that it is hard to unfold the assignment and make it realistic and lengthy-term without the assist of all of the faculty stakeholders, therefore, VAS is trying to build a Green Community – an area that connects all VAS’ teachers, personnel, dad and mom, students and companions with a high experience of environmental obligation.

“If you are a nanny, preservation body of workers, motive force or protection protect, you may assist students to keep away from losing meals, save power, water, and different energy resources by way of frequently monitoring, checking and closing off gadgets when now not in use; as well as propose environmentally-friendly answers inside the reuse, garage and operation of cars and different equipment. If you are a teacher or employee, you may start saving paper, reducing waste and disposable plastic merchandise, intently monitoring environmental safety commitment phrases whilst working with companions and providers. More importantly, all of us should be the best examples and also the inspiration for the students in this venture.” Mr. Marcel said.