Newsletter : 16 - 31 March 2013 Vol. : 29

E-Paint your way to a nature camp

The “Water Connects”campaign for schools connects the World Wetlands Day (February 2), World Water Day (March 22) and Earth Day (April 22) as all the days are connected to water issues also including the effects of Climate Change. It is also the United Nations-International Year of Water Co-operation. Schools are encouraged to involve students in E-painting which means painting a picture electronically using a software like MS Paint, or others, on the theme, Water Connects. You can get to know more about the topic from the reading resources on the Water Connects page along with the detailed guidelines. The prizes include nature camp vouchers to exciting destinations in India. Read more about the nature camps here. The deadline for the campaign is April 22nd.



New Resource Material

Paryavaran Mitra Teacher’s Handbook Urdu Version launched.

The Urdu version of the publication was launched at a special event at CEE Ahmedabad-A Dialogue on School Education for Sustainable Development from 18-22 March, 2013 by CEE in partnership with the GIZ ExpertNet on ESD.

The Paryavaran Mitra Teacher’s Handbook is a comprehensive ready reference for school teachers to motivate and guide students to be Paryavaran Mitra, and to facilitate the whole school community to take Hand Print actions. The Hand Book includes information, and a menu of active teaching learning methods, and action projects, to engage students in exploring, discovering, thinking, sharing, and take action. It encourages the use of immediate school environment and the local environment as resources for teaching and learning, and arenas for demonstrating positive action. The publication will soon be available on the Resources Page of the Paryavaran Mitra Website.

Climate Change resource (Hindi)-Jal vayu mein parivartan kyon ho raha hai?

Our colleagues from CEE North share with us this wonderful write up on Climate Change called Jal vaayu mein parivartan kyon ho raha hai?. CEE North contributes to a fortnightly column on environmental issues in the popular hindi daily Amar Ujala of Western Uttar Pradesh. The writeup is available as a resource material on the Resouces page of the Paryavaran Mitra website. read more




Paryavaran Mitra Schools participate in the Young Masters Programme

CEE has partnered with the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University, Sweden to offer the Young Masters Programme (YMP) on Sustainable Development in India. This Programme aims to improve the understanding of sustainability challenges faced today; to develop tools that turn these challenges into possibilities; and to empower young people for personal international networking, hands-on proactive methods, capacity building and local projects that can make a difference. This programme was launched in India on the October 14 at the ESD Conference organized by CEE during the CBD COP 11 in Hyderabad, India. Bringing to you more experiences of YMP from schools across India.

Addressing Energy issue through Mission Assignments Kendriya Vidyalaya No.3, Bhubaneshwar, Odisha
Akankshya Jena, Sibaram Sadangi, Harish Senapati, Siddhartha Mandal, & Abhishek Dash in Student Group 13:41 are having great time doing the YMP course. Students take interest in doing each mission and share the knowledge in the mission to each other through presentations and thus learn and improvise as a team. They interact amongst themselves and have also managed to interact with their teachers, school management and their parents. Read more about this awesome team here.

Learning about the local environment from local people. Gauhati University Model High School, Guwahati, Assam
Manash Pratim, Sarma Daisy Das, Rakesh Rabha, Sweta Mahanta and Arju Ali all studentsworking together in student group (12:200) in one of the Mission of YMP visited the NGO Bose Poverty a nearby village at Sualkuchi. Speaking on their experience the students said, “There are many educated unemployed youths in the village and the NGO identify and train them based on their capabilities for earning livelihoods from resources available in their periphery which include weaving and handloom products, bamboo products, local fruits and vegetables, etc.” Another student said, “I have known for the first time about Self Help Group and how it functions and provide financial assistance for the rural poor to be self dependent.” Read more about their experiences here.


Safe Holi Campaign at Rajasthan

Paryavaran Mitra from Rajasthan joined the Safe Holi Campaign under the theme of Culture and Heritage of the programme to celebrate festival of colours in an eco-friendly manner and triggered others in their families and neighborhoods to celebrate eco-friendly Holi. Students prepared a variety of natural colours from the plant products commonly available at home like seasonal vegetables, spices, flowers, leaves, etc. read here


World Water Day celebration at Sikar

Acknowledging to the UN International Year of Water Cooperation, CEE Jaipur celebrated World Water Day at Sikar in partnership with the Rajasthan State Bharat Scouts & Guides. A series of thematic competitions were conducted like essay writing, slogan writing, quiz, poster making along with fun games like face panting through which the participants depicted their ideas related to issues like quality, quantity, availability, and management of water. read here                                                    mail to :