Delhi, 6 October, 2017: The international final of the 10th edition of the Wild Wisdom Quiz, organised by WWF-India and Discovery Kids in association with Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), was held at WWF-India, New Delhi today. The quiz, that started in 2008, aims to raise awareness and inculcate a sense of pride amongst today’s children about India’s rich biodiversity and the need to protect it. The theme for this year’s quiz, “Maze of the Natural World”, was an attempt to introduce the participants to the world of wonder that our environment has to offer. The event saw participation from 28 city level winners across the country and 2 winners from Nepal.
The Wild Wisdom Quiz has grown in strength over the last decade and has reached beyond the country, with Nepal running its first edition of the quiz in 2017. In India, the Wild Wisdom Quiz is being run across 817 schools in 14 cities with participation from approximately 50,000 students. Run in the format of a competition, the quiz is a fun way to help children learn more about the environment and also help inculcate in them a sense of responsibility towards the planet. The National Levels were conducted by Mr. Siddharth Basu, the Quiz Man of India. Mr. Basu and his company, Tree of Knowledge, have also been instrumental in developing the questions for all the chapters of the quiz, pan-India, this year.
Speaking at the event, Ms. Radhika Suri, Director, Environment Education, said, “The Wild Wisdom Quiz, in its tenth year now, is testimony to the ever growing interest of children in the natural world. It gives children a platform to learn about the wonders of the world around them and piques their interest in environment issues and the need to conserve the world around us. I congratulate the winners and thank all the teachers and schools present her today for their support.”
The winners of the National Finals were:
Winners: DPS, Guwahati
First Runner Up: Malpi City School, Nepal
Second Runner Up: Springdales Senior School, Amritsar
Mr. Ravi Singh, Secretary General and CEO, WWF-India, talking about the Wild Wisdom Quiz over the years, said, “The journey of the Wild Wisdom Quiz over the last decade reaffirms my belief in children being the changemakers and spearheading the journey of conservation in the years to come. The enthusiasm and indepth knowledge exhibited by students never cease to amaze me and makes me very confident that our planet is in good hands. I congratulate all the schools, teachers and children who have been a part of the Wild Wisdom journey and hope that this event will continue to inspire many more young minds in the future. ”
Speaking about the partnership, Mr. Uttam Pal Singh, Head – Discovery Kids, Discovery Communications India, said, “Discovery Kids is happy to partner with WWF-India for the fourth year in a row. The Wild Wisdom Quiz offers a fantastic opportunity for children to learn more about environment and understand the need to protect it for their future. There is a definitive need for such initiatives for the broader good of society.”
Each of the top six teams received prizes from SONY, , Puffin books, Lotto and WWF-India . The three winning teams will now head for a trip organized by Explorars, an educational travel organization, to Camp Hornbill in the village of Kyari at Ramnagar, Uttarakhand. Each finalist also received a wildlife safari based board game “Kadoo- The Big Game.”
The event also showcased our digital portal One Planet Academy, which is a unique website for schools, students and teachers on environment education.
While the Middle Level Quiz reached its finale, registration for the online version of the quiz for senior school students, will be open till 20 October 2017, giving them a chance to win exciting prizes based on their knowledge of wildlife and other environment issues. Registrations for the online senior school quiz is available at http://quiz.wwfindia.org/wwq/senior.aspx