18-Year-Old Forms Environmental Education Group, Receives Award

Tong is part of the 20th anniversary class of Barron Prize winners.

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Tong is part of the 20th anniversary class of Barron Prize winners.

COLUMBIA, MD — A local man has been named a recipient of the 2020 Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes. Bill Tong, 18, of Columbia, is one of 25 young leaders who have made a significant positive difference to help people and the environment. Fifteen top winners each receive $10,000 to support their service work or higher education.

Tong is part of the 20th anniversary class of Barron Prize winners. He founded the Bioma Project, an environmental education nonprofit that brings native fish aquariums into classrooms. In four years, he has expanded his program to 38 schools in Maryland, D.C. and California, educating upwards of 2,300 students. His aquariums are stocked with 10 species of native fish and plants. Students care for the miniature ecosystems and learn about native wildlife while developing a sense of environmental

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Maharashtra education department forms panels to prepare report on NEP

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In order to implement the National Education Policy, 2020 in the state, the Maharashtra education department has now formed several committees to give their suggestions and recommendations to the government.

In a government resolution released on September 8, the department announced the formation of a five-member coordinating committee would collate suggestions from different study groups and committees.

The coordinating committee, consisting officials from Pune and Chandrapur zilla parishads, State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) and state’s publishing bureau Balbharti, has to submit its report to the government by October 15.

“The committee will collate suggestions received from various stakeholders in the past and in the coming days. A draft guideline would be prepared for its implementation in the state,” states the GR.

After the Union cabinet passed National Education Policy, 2020 last month, the state education department held several consultations with experts and

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