Newsletter : 16- 31 October 2013 Vol. : 43  

Education for Sustainable Development – Furthering Quality Education

Anushka and Ankita, two Paryavaran Mitra Young Leader for Change aspirants have embarked on what we would like to call ambitious projects. Anushka is doing ‘The Kukkrahalli Campaign’ to conserve the heritage lake in Mysore and Ankita is doing Project Jagriti, to establish eco-clubs in all 122 schools in Dadra and Nagar Haveli to carry out environment actions.

The cases bring to light how Environment Education/Education for Sustainable Development help students to interact and learn from real world labs-the world around us with all its uncertainties. The experiences expose students to real world issues which help them become better prepared to apply the knowledge they learn to real world situations and know the varied behaviours people exhibit. They learn to look at problems critically from all angles and not just look for ‘solutions’ as Jiddu Krishnamurthy rightly put it,

“If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem”

Ankita Bhalla, Sansrkiti School, Delhi-Her action project Jagriti in Dadra and Nagar Haveli in collaboration with the Education department to establish eco-clubs in all 122 schools is slowly getting acceptance from the teachers and administrators.

In August 2013 when I visited he CEE Young Leader for Change Conference, Ahmedabad, I had a chance to interact with peers as well as experts in the field and I soon learnt that while my project showed great promise in theory, it would not sustain to the extent I targeted without a strong foundation. After speaking with several people, I realized that in order to strengthen the base, and ensure the project’s sustainability, the 121 schools required an institutional mechanism. It was for this very reason that Mr. Shukla and I decided to create a system of Model Schools in the area. The purpose of these model schools was to create an incentive, an aspiration and as the name suggest, a model for the other schools in the zone to follow.

Here she talks about what the journey has been so far.

Anushka Kale, Mysore-Her work so far has involved reaching out to the communities near the lake and getting to know their uses and perceptions of the lake, to monitor several parameters of the health of the lake and approaching decision makers with all this information to improve the quality of the lake for the sake of all the organisms dependent on the lake ecosystem like birds, fish, plants, fishermen and the general public. Some insights from her and the team:

ONLINE REACH

We connected to various Mysoreans and lake lovers who had deep and emotional connections with this lake. It has been a great part of Mysore and every one has a special attachment to it. Online exposure (Facebook and online petition on Change.org made us realize that we are supported by numerous other people!!

WATER ANALYSIS and FISHERMAN’S SURVEY

At first everyone looked at us as if we were crazy. Because people are used to seeing people throw plastic water bottles in the lake, but we were fishing them out from the water. It was quite a task as we had to strategically distribute sample points and fetch water. The reports gave us great insights about nature of the lake’s water.

After getting the reports we realized the Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) of the lake was very high, this concludes that fishing is necessary. It keeps a certain balance. We also learned its importance, as we initially thought it was encroachment, but fishing is actually necessary for the lake’s well being. The details of the study so far..

Wildlife week celebration where learning and fun went hand in hand-GCS Marine Project 1600

Tata Chemicals DAV School students and teachers celebrated Wildlife Week through a special event at the beach sensitizing students and their parents and the local fishing community about endangered marine life. After an input by marine expert students, parents and members from the local fishing community set out to make sand sculptures of marine animals on the beach. Check out some images of the sand artworks here

Announcement

 

Water for Life Poster Colouring Contest

On this year’s theme of World Biological Diversity Day ‘Water and Biodiversity’ the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India and CEE bring to an interactive poster, “Water is Life” . Calling students to bring to life this poster connecting India’s biodiversity and water systems by colouring it and adding a slogan related to the theme. For guidelines and poster download visit

PCRA Painting Contest

The painting competition on energy conservation themes and exciting prizes is open to school students. The National level painting competition is held in association with the Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA). For details click here

In an event organized by CEE late October at District Institute of Educational Training Bisalpur in Pilibhit, Uttar Pradesh 207 students from 15 schools participated In another event in Sanatan Dharm Banke Bihari Rama Inter college Pilibhit, 227 students from 18 schools participated.

Showcasing our Handprints on a world stage

CEE has partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme's UNertia campaign and competition through the Paryavaran Mitra programme. The initiative encourages anyone and everyone, in particular young people, students and schools in the Asia-Pacific region, to engage in Sustainable Actions which will yield positive environmental benefits in their local communities.

Take a look at the UNEP page here and stay tuned for more updates on UNertia from the Paryavaran Mitra network.

 

 

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