New Delhi: January 19, 2012 Should a school’s role be maximised as a resource for the community and neighbourhood? A round table conference organised by the Environment Education Unit (EEU) of the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) discussed the critically relevant viewpoint. The agenda for the discussion was ‘Should schools lobby for policy changes for the neighbourhood?’
List of participants
List of participants
Date: July 22 - 23, 2010 The Green Schools Programme is an ‘inspection’ or ‘survey’ of the school done by its students on its environmental practices (which we call environmental auditing) under the supervision of teachers. Register here>>
Centre for Science and Environment’s (CSE’s) Environment Education Unit (EEU) conducts two-day training programmes for teachers, educators, development workers and people interested in environment education.
Like forests, tigers, minerals and groundwater, schools too, will now be meticulously ‘mapped’ by government agencies. The purpose is to find out if there are enough good ones around to cater to thousands of aspiring toddlers (looking for nursery admissions, of course!). Focus, in this case, will be rivetted on our cities, which are bursting in the seams. In fact, the Delhi administration has already made a public announcement, promising its citizens a secondary school, offering ‘quality education’ in every locality. A wise move by a very savvy Chief Minister. Why?
After the immediate and expected reactions (signalled by an uproar among state-level bureaucrats) to the union minister Mr Kapil Sibal’s dictum on board examinations, its long term impacts on the Indian education machinery have now begun to unfold. Some are direct and rather heart warming.
Environment education has for long been limited to a narrow focus on nature and wildlife, topics on which a vast amount of literature already exists. The Environment Education Unit (EEU) at CSE was launched to initiate ecological literacy. The EEU targets the future inheritors of this earth and tomorrow's planners and administrators. It tries to familiarise them with the link between the degrading environment and poverty. The unit aims to come up with quality resource material and programmes for school, college and university students as well as environment educators and parents to bring about awareness about our environment.
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