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Eco-School, The pandemic has exposed inequities—kids not having internet access or a quiet space to study or their basic needs met. It’s amplified things by putting their families in more dire circumstances in terms of unemployment and food insecurity, conditions that can hamper students’ willingness and ability to learn and to succeed in school. We worry that under these and remote learning conditions the number of children who don’t finish primary school might increase.

Since ARCH has a wider reach out to the students from less privileged section under various educational initiatives, it is even more important for us to step up to take our cause even further. One side where we wish to ensure every child is connected to any/some form of learning, the other side we ponder on how do we follow all the rules of social distancing and the laws around epidemics while continuing to serve our students.

iLearn, an initiative by ARCH Development Foundation, is committed to address and overcome problems of child labor, forced school dropouts, lack of interest, and low self-esteem. We aim to change this belief by building blocks for a better and brighter future through education and self development.


  • Improving Learning Proficiency: Community classes to ensure every child we can reach to is connected with the learning.

  • Enhancing Teaching Pedagogy: Adopting the online meeting platform Zoom in partnership with various organizations and experts, a priority was to adopt the pedagogy to ensure students would engage and participate in experiments and learner-led discussions.

Alignment with SDGs

SDG 4: Quality Education

The establishment of eco-clubs and conducting environmental awareness workshops foster environmental education among students. This aligns with the goal of ensuring inclusive and quality education for all, and promoting lifelong learning opportunities.

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

The installation of solar panels directly contributes to this goal by promoting renewable energy sources, reducing reliance on non-renewable energy, and making clean energy more accessible.

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Activities like tree plantation, waste management, and recycling enhance urban sustainability. They contribute to creating greener, more sustainable communities, which is a key aspect of this goal.

SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

This goal is closely aligned with the project’s waste management and recycling initiatives. By promoting responsible waste handling and the reuse of materials, these activities support sustainable consumption and production patterns.

SDG 13: Climate Action

The project’s focus on renewable energy (solar panels) and tree plantation directly addresses climate change mitigation. These activities contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing carbon sequestration.

SDG 15: Life on Land

Tree plantation initiatives contribute to this goal by aiding in land restoration, improving biodiversity, and contributing to the health of terrestrial ecosystems.

SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

The collaborative nature of implementing such a comprehensive eco-school project, often involving partnerships with governments, NGOs, and local communities, exemplifies this goal.


Dasharthkumar Ambalal Patel, Principal - SVVV Gita Mandir Vidyalya

“Sometimes, we need to step out of our comfort zone. We did the same when we decided to plant a tree on the divider facing our school. This has instilled a sense of responsibility in the children who take care of these plants every day. We humbly thank team ARCH for being thoughtful, patient, and supportive during the journey. Trust me, the planet shall be indebted to you guys. Good luck!"

Diwan Gausiya, Eco club Leader, MES Boys High School

Eco club members at MES high school

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