Newsletter : 1 July- 30 August 2014 Vol. : 59-60   


The workshop titled ‘Introducing A Multiple Perspective Approaches to Biodiversity’ introduced teachers to teaching learning approaches for biodiversity and sustainable development including various perspectives from diverse disciplines. Sessions involved inputs by the Paryavaran Mitra team at CEE, WWF India, and the UNESCO ASPnet Several teachers wrote back to us on their learnings and insights from the workshop.

Teacher Dinesh Kumar of GSSS Forsythganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh sent us detailed comments on his insights from the workshop and seems like he is in action mode already. He said “…using these tools, I am in process of finalising the strategy to implement project based learning in garbage management in our school, make the students understand the lake ecosystem of the sacred Dal lake in upper Dharamshala region and revival of the agro diverse traditional food items used by the Gaddi tribe, which are out of trend now.” Read more teacher insights about ESD and Biodiversity here.


"The objective of the Paryavaran Mitra programme is to get students ready for this modern world. It builds leardership, provides skills,
understanding of of the environment and to understand how sometimes one needs to do critical thinking, ask questions, see the same point from different perspectives.”
-Kartikeya V. Sarabhai (on ESD in schools)

Get your EE/ESD queries answered: launching ‘Paryavaran Saathi’ a dedicated communication platform for educators in EE/ESD.

To mark the milestone in CEE’s journey the Paryavaran Mitra programme is launching ‘Paryavaran Saathi’- an online communication platform for educators. This service will use the internet and mobile telephony to resolve queries by educators related to EE/ESD and reach out to schools and teachers in the network. The aim of the platform is to provide online support for educators to effectively transact EE/ESD in schools This will also help us understand the challenges educators face and to improve EE/ESD inputs in trainings and resource materials. The pilot of the initiative is being rolled out in 4 languages now (English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati) and will be available in all major Indian languages shortly. You can call in at the toll free number 1800-3000-0996. readmore...


Parayavaran Mitra in the school: a teacher’s reflections

After the resource material is created and the teacher trainings are done, we rely on teachers to take their EE and ESD learnings into the schools. In schools, teachers face constraints of time, space and other resources and try to implement their learnings given those conditions. How might this look like in a rural school in India? How does the teacher connect environmental activities to daily teaching and learning? Get answers to these questions through the reflections of a teacher just like yourself. Mr. Saruparam Mali, a teacher at Government Secondary School, Sartara, Sirohi, Rajasthan shared his reflections of doing Paryavaran Mitra activities by integrating them into the subjects taught in class. This according to him helped him convince the school management that EE activities are not additional to the syllabus taught in school, but enhances students’ learning in the subjects. Access the article here. The article has been published in the Scout Guide Jyoti, the monthly newsletter of the Rajasthan State Bharat Scouts and Guides.

Announcing National Slogan Writing Competition

Taking forward this years’ World Environment Day theme “Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level ” CEE, has developed a multilingual, activity-oriented interactive poster on the subject of Small Islands in India which specially focuses on the environmental and sustainability issues of small islands. The poster has questions to engage students in thinking about India’s coasts and invites slogans from them for the national level competition. The guidelines are available here.



Campaign for knowing and caring local biodiversity

The Sustainability Education Initiative helps students to know about local biodiversity and express their insights and learnings creatively. Students need to send in their poems, paintings, photos, slogans etc. for the national level competition. For details of the campaign click                                                       Email: