Young Paryavaran Leader
Climate Change, threat to biodiversity, changing life-styles, increasing pollution level, decreasing availability of water, dying river systems are not only global issues but affects locally as well. Uttar Pradesh is aggrieved with all the above issues. On one hand we have environment conservation policies and concerned departments doing their tasks, however to address these issues we all need to join hands and work together. In this joint collaboration, role of students as youth is of great significance as they are not only endowed with young energetic and innovative minds but also have the zeal and enthusiasm to bring out innovations, implement positive Hand Print actions for the benefit of all. Secondly if they are made ready to strive for Sustainable development, the coming generation will then surely head towards Sustainable Development.
Understanding the above critical role of students in motivating their own school, neighborhood and larger society to bring about change, Centre for Environment Education (CEE) in collaboration with Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) is launching the much awaited 'Uttar Pradesh Yuva Paryavaran Leader programme' to create a state wide cadre of motivated young students as Change Agents. The programme aims to inspire confidence and motivation and build the skills and abilities of students by grooming their leadership qualities. Readmore...
State level Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar Ceremony held in UP
CEE North organized a State level award ceremony of Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar on the occasion of World Forestry Day 21 March 2014 in collaboration with Uttar Pradesh Forest Department and Uttar Pradesh Forest Corporation. The ceremony was organized at Indira Gandhi Pratishthan, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow. Ceremony began with welcome and lighting of lamp. The winners and shortlisted entries of the Puraskar were invited by CEE to join the ceremony. The award ceremony aimed at recognizing the efforts made by schools to strengthen and promote environment education initiatives under Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar and also to encourage them. The Chief guest of the programme was Shri V. V. Garg, Principal Secretary Environment and Forests, Government of Uttar Pradesh. The panel consisted of eminent members from UP Forest Department Shri. J.S. Asthana, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Shri Rupak Dey, PCCF Wildlife, Shri Pawan Kumar, Secretary Forest and Shri Iqbal Singh, Managing Director, UP Forest Corporation. Shri Garg in his inaugural address spoke about the relevance of observing World Forestry Day and steps to be taken to conserve and protect forests. He emphasized that children has very significant role to play in environment conservation and environment education is the best medium to prepare them. Mr. Garg appreciated the concept of recognizing schools, teachers, and students for their work in the field of environment.
Shri Garg presented the Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar to winners and appreciation certificate to the shortlisted entries. Around 500 participants attended the programme including 300 students and teachers from various districts, NGOs and officials of various districts of UP. Through this ceremony, students from rural schools and urban schools were got an opportunity to share same platform which attracted the attention of panel members.
During the ceremony, 5 schools were winner in best school category, 3 teachers were awarded in best teacher category, 2 students in young leader for change category and 2 districts were selected in best district category. Under special mention category three winners were selected.
Besides these appreciation certificate were given to 8 shortlisted schools and 4 teachers for their efforts.
Exploring, discovering, thinking and acting in Paryavaran Mitra schools of Uttar Pradesh-Puraskar nominations of best schools, district, teacher, and student, Uttar Pradesh
Action projects by students involved exploring the local environment, identifying issues and working towards the betterment of the environment. In one project students have documented biodiversity (varieties of rice, mangoes, cattle, birds, vegetables, flowering plants) of their village. Environment improvement projects included fixing leaking taps and conserving water, channelizing waste water to gardens, and cleaning water sources near their school. Some action projects also targeted behaviours which included students adopting hand washing as a habit, reducing usage on non-biodegradable cups, plates at social functions, etc.
In the teachers’ category a physical education teacher saw worth inculcating student’s in physical activities through environmental projects, negating the myth that Environment Education connects only to the subject science. The state also acknowledges the partnerships which played a key role in the outreach. One such partnership is the media partnership with DLA publications, with an outreach of more than 3.5 lakh the newspaper carried an environment feature every fortnight on various issues in the environment and also spread the word on the actions done by students in the Paryavaran Mitra programme to various audiences. For list of nominations go here
Implementation Strategy in Uttar Pradesh
The Paryavaran Mitra programme in Uttar Pradesh was initiated with the support of partner NGOs on pilot basis to reach out to more than 2000 schools in around 15 districts. Apart from NGO network, CEE also covered linkages with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghatan (KVS), Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs), CBSE School Chains and different institution’s school networks who are associated with CEE. To maximize the reach of programme and to cover grass root level schools in every district, CEE contacted the State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT), Uttar Pradesh for joining hands in implementation of the programme.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between SCERT, Uttar Pradesh and CEE North on 08th September 2011 for implementing the programme in State through DIET network. With this, association programme is being implemented in 15,000 schools of the state, covering 200 Upper Primary Schools in each district. The programme is implemented with the help of District Institution of Education and Training (DIETs) where in various BRCs and NPRCs of each district are also involved in the programme.
CEE North is resource agency for National Green Corps (NGC) programme of Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) in Uttar Pradesh. The NGC State nodal agency is UP Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) reaching out to more than 8000 schools. CEE North joined hands with UPPCB for the implementation of the Paryavaran Mitra programme to strengthen the network in State.CEE is also implementing various school initiatives focusing on biodiversity and species conservation such as Ganges River Dolphin Conservation Education Programme, Children’s Forest Programme (CFP), schools involved in these programme are part of Paryavaran Mitra programme.
Paryavaran Mitra State Level Activities – Uttar Pradesh
State Level Paryavaran Mitra Training Workshop Lucknow, 15-16 March, 2012
A two days Paryavaran Mitra training Programme was organized by CEE North on 15th – 16th March 2012 for DIET trainers in collaboration with SCERT UP at Lucknow. This training saw participation of 60 DIET lecturers from 58 districts of the state. The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Himanshu Mohan, Deputy Director SCERT who in his inaugural speech referred to an old phrase “Friends in need is a friend indeed” and this is all about Paryavaran Mitra programme. He further said that we all are friends of environment and need to work for the cause of Environment. He mentioned that 200 schools especially catering to Disaster prone areas and marginalized community will be selected for the programme from each district in the state.
Mr. Pramod Sharma from CEE gave an overview of how the programme is being implemented at the national level. Ms. Preeti R. Kanaujia from CEE spoke about the concept of sustainability and how Paryavaran Mitra programme links to handprint action.
In the two days training programme, various hands on activities were conducted by CEE team, followed by group discussions and interactive sessions. Toward the end of the workshop an action plan was also prepared by the trainers to implement the programme effectively in the state.
Orientation Workshop for Partner NGOs
To implement the programme in State, a meeting held with the 6 selected Partner NGOs, namely e-PAHEL-Allahabad, Shohratgarh Environment Society – Siddhartha Nagar, Basti, Gorakhpur and Maharajganj, MANAS – Varanasi, Society for Conservation of Nature – Etawah, Mainpuri and Auraiya, GANGA – Kanpur and Unnao and Scientific and Rationalist Society – Barabanki, in October 2010 to select the programme implementation districts and device the strategy for implementation. Each partner agency submitted their action plan, where orientation of partner NGOs team was proposed. Based on discussions, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was drafted and finalized.
Two days orientation workshop for partner NGOs team was organized by CEE on 18-19 December 2010. After the orientation, funds were released to NGOs for implementing activities in the districts. Each partner agency working in different district is in the process of enrolling 100 schools in the respective districts.
District level Teacher Training Programmes and Events
Each selected partner NGO organized district level teachers training workshop to orient teachers for conducting activities. In each district Paryvaran Mitra events for schools were organized to showcase efforts of schools. Details of the workshops and events are provided on respected district pages.
Orientation Session for DIET Principals
An orientation session was organized on 19th October 2011 for Principals of all the DIETs of the State. During the orientation programme, information regarding programme implementation strategies, activities and also the process of reporting of the activities was shared with the DIETs principals.
Orientation at 6th National Teacher Science Congress
Paryavaran Mitra programme was showcased in the 6th National Teacher Science Congress, which was organized from 8-11 November 2011. The programme was organized at Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development (IESD), Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi. In this programme, CEE North team had set up two stalls at the exhibition area one on CEE publications and other one as activity corner which became very popular stall in the exhibition. CEE team also facilitated interactive sessions with teachers and local school students on Paryavaran Mitra programme.
Paryvaran Mitra Magh Mela
CEE North in association with E-Pahel organized a 3 days event during Magh Mela catering to schools and religious group coming from different parts of the country. Detailed report on the event is available on Allahabad district page.
Safe Festival Campaign
CEE North conducted Safe Festival Campaign among schools of various districts of State during Holi. This was based on promoting eco-friendly ways of celebrating our festival such as promoting herbal colours, minimizing our water and wood usage etc. More information available on district pages.
Paryavaran Mitra Resource Material
Non NGC School List
State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT), J.B.T.C. Campus, Nishatganj, Lucknow - 226007 Uttar Pradesh. Ph.: 0522-2780385, 2780505
Dr. Himanshu Mohan, Dy. Director, SCERT
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Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB),
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CEE Northern Regional Cell19/323, Indira Nagar, Lucknow
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