Newsletter : 16- 31 March 2014 Vol. : 53   

School as a reflection of the community, and as a role model to the community.-Puraskar Nominations of Kerala

The highlight of the school actions of the nominations from Karnataka is that environmental actions have moved beyond the boundaries of the school to the community nearby. Students from the Government High School, Hejmadikodi observed (through surveys) the solid waste management (SWM) at the Panchayat level. They surveyed 100 households to understand segregation of wastes, after which they took up a public awareness programme through various means including door-door campaign, role play, street play, and demonstration of vermi composting. Students then submitted a representation to the Gram Panchayat regarding SWM. Student nomination and Young Leader for Change participant Anushka Kale took on an ambitious project to conserve Mysore's Heritage Lake Kukkrahalli by connecting with Mysoreans through face-to-face interactions and online petition on Change.org. The teacher nominations are all well deserved for teachers who have taken the effort to connect environmental action to everyday teaching and learning, thus making learning rooted to the student’s context which makes learning relevant to children and gauging from the reach of these activities we bet that students had a lot of fun and must’ve felt good for being able to effect change in their context. Congratulations schools, teachers and students! Read more about the nominations here.


Awareness campaign in Ahmedabad School for using natural Holi colours

To create awareness regarding the ill effects of chemical colors and encourage the use of natural colors among children a three day Safe Holi Campaign was organized by the young interns and volunteers of the South Asia Youth Environment Network of CEE at HB Kapadia High School, Memnagar, Ahmedabad. The students also eagerly learnt how to naturally prepare colours from leaves, roots, stems, dried flowers or household materials such as turmeric, gram flour, Henna powder & so on. For more details go here.

 

Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar 2013-Assam Nominations

Education for Sustainable Development calls for learning rooted in the student’s immediate context. And in the case of the students of Balachari Amguri Middle English School, Goalpara, Assam it has helped make them responsible citizens caring for their local environment. The students started by keeping their own campus clean and carried out waste segregation. They then took up the responsibility of maintaining cleanliness at the ‘Chowk’(cross road) near their school. They collect waste from the chowk and segregate it into biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste regularly. This should reassure us of what education in, about, and for the local environment can do to empower students to be change agents. Take a look at the nominated schools stories here. Also check nominations for West Bengal and Chattisgarh.

 

 

Mainstreaming EE and ESD in Dadra and Nagar Haveli Schools-Puraskar Nominations

In Dadra and Nagar Haveli the Paryavaran Mitra Programme has gone into mainstream mode with all schools orienting their teachers and to carry out curriculum linked classroom activities and action projects. Young Leader for Change participant Ankita Bhalla from Sanskriti School Delhi is working with the school administration and the teachers to create model schools and share learnings with the rest of the schools. Three schools have been nominated for the Best School award for their work in more than three themes and most importantly for connecting this work to the student’s teaching-learning experience. This seems to be working, as Best Teacher awardee, Ms Dimple Baldevi of Primary Central School feels that “The project helped students learn about Waste and Water management, They also come to know about the link between living and non living things.”Take a look at the reports here.

 

 

Global Citizenship for Sustainability (Marine) – Project 1600 Launch in Australia

CEE’s GCS Marine – Project 1600 is action based research programme focused on sustainability issues of marine and coastal ecosystem for coastal schools in Queensland Australia and Gujarat India. It encourages school students from the countries to work on sustainability issues and share their findings and learnings, enabling the students to develop a broader perspective on global issues by working on local issues. The project was launched for Australian schools on 14th March 2014 at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, followed by a teacher orientation workshop and a skype interaction with the schools in Gujarat. Learn more about the project here.

 


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