We facilitate a three-year environmental education program across ten schools in Chennai. The program helps children in grades 6-8 to develop a deep appreciation for the environment through holistic learning, and the skills to regenerate the environment, teaching through holistic learning, classroom-based theory sessions, field visits and hands-on activities. Adapting to today’s times, the program has been adapted to both online and in-person modules. The students gain an understanding of their own bioregion and its indigenous species of plants and animals and history, cultivating a deeper sense of place. They also learn about organic farming, waste management, water resource management, the importance of community engagement and other integral aspects of their environment and the broader world.
The hands-on parts of the program empowers children with solutions to our current ecological problems. As experience and current research shows, hands-on and experiential learning enhances the learning retention of subjects for students. They’re interested and engaged. They can tangibly see the results of their learning in their school yard through planting trees and kitchen gardens, composting and waste segregation. They learn about their traditionally used medicinal plants, permaculture and organic farming.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
Our program has at its core 6 major of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) put forward by the United Nations (UN): 2. Zero hunger; 4 Quality education; 5 Gender equality; 12 Sustainable consumption and production; 13 Climate change, and 15 Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.
Tree Plantation & Seed forest: Indigenous trees are selected for planting. Schools having more than a quarter acre for plantation are selected to function as a seed forest.
Vegetable and herbal garden: A place for the garden is selected in schools according to access to water, sunshine and shade. The garden is optimised for maximum number of species, with contribution to the school kitchen planned.
Plant nursery: A nursery is established to supply tree and plant saplings for the activities of the school, and to share with the community. Seeds from the garden are saved with schools functioning as local seed banks.
Composting Bins: Bins for composting are provided for the food waste generated in the school. The compost is then used for the tree plantation, gardens and nursery in the school campus.
Waste management: Waste segregation bins are set up at different points in the school. The whole school is encouraged and trained to use the same.
Wastewater and rain run-off management: Starting from a basic water audit of the school and then ensuring the usage of biodegradable soaps and cleaning agents, this program initiates wastewater and management as well as rainwater harvesting.
Examples of sustainable construction: Workshops are conducted for students to learn about the conservation of natural resources that can be achieved when sustainable building construction practises are adopted.
Alternative energy: Basic energy audit of the schools are done and various ways to implement alternative energy in the campus is designed.
Art installation: At the end of every school year, students are invited to submit ideas for an art installation inspired by the environmental education program. Selected ideas are implemented on the campus as murals or sculptures respectively
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