Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar 2013 - Bihar State event organized at Bettiah
On 15 April 2014, CEE North organized the Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar -Bihar State event at Khrist Raja Higher Secondary School, Bettiah. The programme started with a warm welcome of the participants who came from other parts of the state to attend the event and with the lightening of lamp. Chief Guest for the programme Mr. Alok Kumar, Divisional Forest Officer, Forest Division 1, Bettiah and Fr. Francis, Principal of the host school did the lightening of lamp.
Mr. Kumar interacted with the participants and congratulated the winners. He further said that such efforts are crucial and we need to
put in more efforts to protect and conserve our mother earth. He appreciated the efforts being taken by CEE and partner organizations
and promised his departments full support in this endeavor. Representatives from CEE North office did a brief presentation about
the Paryavaran Mitra Programme and the Puraskar initiative and also the work done by the Puraskar winners in each category, after which the puraskar ceremony started.
Mr. Kumar awarded the State level Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar to 4 winner schools, 2 best teachers, 1 best student as Young leader for
Change and 2 best districts. Best district award for West Champaran was received by Mr. Lallan Jha, District Education Officer, West
Champaran and the best district award for Rohtas was received by Mr. Nayan Ranjan Verma, District Education Officer, Rohtas.
Three state level special category awards were also given to individuals and organizations who have taken keen interest in
implementing the programme and in encouraging schools to take positive Handprint actions. These awards were bagged by Mr. Sanjay Kumar, Paryavaran Saathi and Joint Secretary Gram Pragati, Bettiah, Dr. Rajesh Narayan Singh, Paryavaran Saathi and teacher from Rohtas and Global Environmental Organization working in Bhagalpur.
More than 150 students, teachers, media representatives, people from civil society groups attended the event.
Bihar, the land where roots of education flourished, a place where two great religions Buddhism and Jainism showed the World virtues of Truth, Love, Honesty, Simplicity and a place whose past saw developments happening in all fields viz. Medicine, Science and Mathematics, Literature, Civilization etc. Today it’s again rebuilding history.
Paryavaran Mitra Programme in Bihar is being implemented through the existing ‘National Green Corps’ (NGC) Programme of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. A total number of 8600 NGC Schools from 38 districts of the state have become a part of this National initiative. Bihar State Pollution Control Board, Patna (BSPCB) which is the State Nodal Agency for NGC Programme is providing its full support in this endeavor.
CEE North as a Resource Agency for National Green Corps (NGC) programme of Ministry of Environment and Forests in the state is closely working with Master Trainers, teacher in-charges and schools in different districts.
Paryavaran Saathis’ and our partner organizations in the state have taken the programme to non NGC schools and other network schools as well and many such schools are enrolling themselves to become a part of Paryavaran Mitra Programme.
With the help of its partner agencies and Paryavaran Saathis, CEE has reached to almost 8900 schools. Overall objective is to take the programme to 10000 schools of the state.
Training / Orientation Programme
A State level Master Trainers Training Programme was organized on 11-12 January 2011 and attended by 42 Master Trainers from various districts. This also marked the Formal Launch of Paryavaran Mitra Programme in the State.
A follow-up one day meet of the Master Trainers was organized on 16th December 2011 at Patna which was attended by 30 Master Trainers from 17 districts. It helped Master Trainers understand various new developments that happened in Paryavaran Mitra Programme and gave them an opportunity to plan out strategies to take the programme in more than10,000 schools of the state
CEE as Resource Agency in the State also organized several teacher in-charges training/ orientation programmes in various districts. Such programmes have been organized in districts like Patna, Sitamarhi, West Champaran, Rohtas and Vaishali. MTs and DEOs of the respective districts took the initiative in organizing such programmes.
Distribution of Resource materials
A set of 8713 Paryavaran Mitra materials have been sent to schools across the state through District Education Officers and partner agencies for distribution in Paryavaran Mitra Schools. Schools have received these materials and have started working on the themes to make their school a Paryavaran Mitra School.
International Biodiversity Day Programme 22 May 2011
Bihar State Pollution Control Board (BSPCB), Patna in collaboration with Centre for Environment Education (CEE North) celebrated the day by organizing a State level poster competition coupled with Environment Education activities for the participants at Sanjay Gandhi Biological Garden, Patna. The event saw participation of around 727 students from 16 districts of the state. These participants were also briefed about Paryavaran Mitra Programme.
Eco-chart launch event
An eco-chart “Jaane Pahchaane Bihar - Prakriti ka adbhut sansaar” focusing on Environmental aspects of Bihar, developed by CEE North was released by Honorable Chief Minister Shri Nitish Kumar during a State level World Environment Day function on 5 June 2011 at Patna. The eco-chart is a classroom tool for eco-club teachers to help them to build knowledge and appreciation about environmental features of the State and present ideas for eco-clubs to take action in the five thematic areas of the Paryavaran Mitra Programme and to work on local environmental issues.
Green Consumer Day
To Celebrate Green Consumer Day, a State level Quiz Competition was organized by Centre for Environment Education in collaboration with BSPCB, Patna on 27th September 2011 at State Health and Family Welfare Society, Patna. Around 85-90 students, teachers and NGO representatives from 25 Paryavaran Mitra schools and 12 districts participated in this Competition.
Ganges River Dolphin Conservation Education Programme (GRDCEP)
In Bihar, GRDCEP was implemented in 6 clusters viz. stretch of River Ganga in Bhojpur, Patna and Bhagalpur districts, stretch of river Gandak in West Champaran and Vaishali districts, and stretch of river Kosi in Supaul district. At each of these locations 25 schools were made part of the project and these schools extensively worked for the conservation of Ganges Rivers Dolphins. A teachers training workshop, a dolphin mela and a dolphin camp was organized for these schools. Thus 150 Paryavaran Mitra schools from the state actively worked for the conservation of our national aquatic animal.
PCRA Painting Competition
PCRA Painting competition was organized at four places in Bihar viz. W. Champaran, Muzaffarpur, Patna and Bhagalpur. Apart from this, PCRA competition was also organized at Patna during SEBS visit. This competition was divided into two categories, junior category consisting of students from classes 3-5 and senior category consisted of participants from classes 6-8. Theme for junior category was ‘Energy & Environment’ & for seniors it was ‘Save Fuel Yani Save Money’. More than 450 students from 30 Paryavaran Mitra schools participated in this competition
Science Express Biodiversity Special (SEBS)
The Science Express Biodiversity Special (SEBS) halted at two stations of Bihar viz. Patna and Gaya. At both these stations CEE as the resource agency for National Green Corps (NGC) progamme in Bihar, invited schools to visit train and participate in activities. District Education officers (DEOs), Master trainers and eco-club teacher in-charges were contacted for linking SEBS with NGC programme in the state and the enthusiasm and support from these key stakeholders played a major role in motivating NGC schools to visit the train. More than 70 eco-club teacher in-charges from Patna, Gaya and Rohtas districts attended the training programme. During the training, the teachers shared their experiences with eco-clubs and they were also given inputs to initiate action projects focusing on biodiversity. Various educational activities that focused on biodiversity conservation were conducted with children. Eco-club students also took the pledge for conserving biodiversity.
Paryavaran Mitra Best District Award to West Champaran
The West Champaran district was selected as one of the best districts at the national level under Paryarvaran Mitra Programme. The district won the puraskar for its diversity of actions at school as well as its outreach and impacts within the community through various campaigns. The Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar was given to the district during CBD-COP 11 conference held in Hyderabad on 13 October 2012. CEE North organized a ceremony for presenting the puraskar to the district on 26th December at Vikas Bhavan, Collectorate Office, Bettiah. The Puraskar was presented by by Shri. Nandkishore Choudhary, Member, State SC/ST Commission to Shri Shreedhar C., District Magistrate- Betiaah.
Paryavaran Mitra Schools from the state participated in many eco-festival campaigns such as celebration of Safe Holi festival, Raksha Bandhan, Cracker free Diwali etc. Apart from this, schools in various districts took out rallies and campaigns during World Earth Day, World Water Day etc. The state collected a record of 1.8 lakh pledges for the conservation of biodiversity from 600 schools spread across three districts of the state.
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