Kashmira Jaiswal

Brief Bio Ms. Kashmira Jaiswal Ms. Kashmira Jaiswal is the Vice Principal at Navrachana School, Sama, at Vadodara, Gujarat, India. She is the recipient of the India Inspirational Women Award 2020, the Global Leadership in Education Award (2016) from the Education Council of India, Fullbright Fellowship ILEP Award (2015), and the Pearson Teaching Award (2013). She has been the CBSE Master Trainer for ASL, and conducts Training Programs for Secondary School English Teachers of the Community.&nbs


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School: Navrachana School, Sama, Vadodara 1200 students are involved The average age of the students: 12-17 years Year

Projects 2020

Navrachana's Crusade For Change: The Beginning

Navrachana School Sama strives to give birth to aware global citizens who represent the future, one that can be cleaner, greener and more sustainable.

For this Navrachana School Sama has introduced the concepts of sustainability and climate change to over 1200 students who study at Navrachana from a varied age group of 12-18. 

Navrachana School Sama has also introduced numerous activites and programs for the primary students to understand the need to bring about a change for the betterment of the environment and the society.

Navrachana's Plantation Project

Over the course of a few months, Navrachana School Sama has contributed to the green cover with full enthusiasm and determination. Having been emotionally touched with the drastic impact that humans have on the environment, the students of Navrachana School Sama established a legacy of planting over 50 trees on our beloved principal's birthday annually.

Not only that, the school conducted numerous workshops and seminars with prominent Indian identities in the field of environment preservation to spread awareness amongst the students. One of the workshops that the students actively participated in was the "Seed Ball Making" worskshop conducted in the month of October.

Navrachana School Sama has also planted 3 vertical gardens in the past year by re-using plastic bottles for the same, thereby contributing to the environment and climate change through afforestation and upcycling.

Conferencing & Collaborating With Schools Worldwide

Week 3 was about interacting with various institutes from various countries/continents who had taken up the Climate Action Project. We interacted with the following schools:

  1. DPS International School, Gurgaon, India- [Teacher: Mrs. PARUL PATHAK]
  2. Romania- [Teacher: Ms. TEREZA ADAM]
  3. Kingsheaid Jess Sschool, Hasselt, Belgium- Mr. KOEN SMETS
  4. Oou Vlado Tasevski School, Macedonia-Mrs. VIOLETA PANEV
  5. Sveti Trigun Secondary School, Serbia- Ms. MAJA STOSIC

Students from Navrachana School Sama had huge takeaways from these enlightening sessions where they learnt more about the climate changes taking place in different countries from across the world and the initiatives taken by their governments. These interaction sessions also gave us a platform to explain our initiative of "Upskill to Upcycle".

Interacting With Schools Across The World & Brainstorming Over Solutions

Reaching Out to the Masses


“Upcycle - A Detour From The Trash Cycle” revolves around the idea of contributing towards the environment in whatever little way one can in order to sustain it. It introduces upcycling, a newer and more eco friendly version of recycling. The talk brings into picture an original upcycled product designed to curb the plastic menace and contribute positively to the environment. The link of the youtube video is that of a TED Talk beautifully used as a platform by Khushi Purohit, Head girl of Navrachana School Sama and currently in grade 12 to talk about upskill to upcycle a project that she has been constantly working on since a year and a half. 

Upskill refers to equipping oneself with a new skill. Through this project being taken up by the school students are being taught stitching, one among the many skills which is in turn widening their horizon of learning.

Upcycling involves taking an item that would otherwise be waste and improving it in some way to make it useful again. Upcycling isn’t just transforming objects into better versions of themselves; often, objects get repurposed to offer a different function entirely. Like plastic bottles being used as pots, old clothes used to make bags,and many more.

The only limits to upcycling are your imagination and your skills. However, if you need to do something that’s not in your skillset, you can either give it a go and learn a new skill or ask someone else to do it for you.

Thus, Navrachana has initiated this project known as upskill to upcycle.


Being the Change We Want to See

Every year a plantation donation drive takes place on 15th July at Navrachana School, Sama. Students are thus taught how to nurture a plant and environmental awareness is instilled right from the beginning. 

MLP stands for multi laminated plastic or multi layered plastic which we commonly find as wrappers of chocolates, namkeens and biscuits. These are disposed off after a single use. Our school collaborated with SAFAI BANK OF INDIA (NGO-Mumbai). This was a student led project and we successfully collected over 10,000 MLPS with the collection process being conducted every week and each class having its own MLP box. The collected MLPs were sent to an environment solution company  NEPHRA in Ahemdabad to convert into fuel and utility items.

"Plego Ecobricks" is initiative in which all the school students were encouraged to do away with single use polythene bags and used plastic bottles. 
Over 240 volunteers then teamed up to convert this waste into "ecobricks", which was then used to create stools and some other structures. The stools were later placed in  the school's creche, in a few corridors and many were placed outside school where seating was very limited.

Under the Design for Change project a group of students came together to make a model of Makara -the pond cleaner. Varun Saikia a bright Navrachanite took this project further on national level competitions to bring back laurels for himself and the school. 

To create awareness about upcycling we decided to use visual hoardings, Radio jingles and even short films.This involved coordinating with various stakeholders, civic authorities and obtaining permissions.
All the awareness activities were done by keeping the the pandemic and social distancing  norms in mind.
We had our alumni Mr Mohan’s Ram Murugeshpalya to conduct various workshops for content development with students.We also had Wolf Jaipur design studio to hold various seminars for 200 teachers and students to help them initiate their ideas and optimise their creativity for this up cycling project.
Now, we are aiming to air all this content on radio channels,film theatres and local television channels.We also plan to put up hoardings in collaboration with the Municipal Corporation .

Navrachanites came up with absolutely brilliant ideas and got super creative with what they had upcycled. 6th and 7th graders made borobags by crosssitching random pieces of cloth to generate a continous beautiful fabric. We also had students using old cloth and waste cardboard to make boardgames like chess and ludo boards. 

The students of grade 10 took a different spin on the  otherwise ordinary t-shirts and upcycled them by knitting beautiful and dainty designs on them. This process helped the students upskill themselves and turn into independent individuals. 
The bright minds of grade 11 tapped into their creativity and expressed their imagination by constructing a pen stand using nuts and bolts. The very process of upcycle ignites artistry. 
Last but not the least, the students of class 12 showed amazing ingenuity by using flex to make pouches and folders which were customised according to the client's wishes. 
The creativity of the mind carved marvellous outputs , developed a sense of accomplishment and most importantly they took the responsibility to change the environment.


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