Environmental Education,Training and Capacity Building

On November 9 and 10, 2016 we launched our capacity building programme for school teachers ‘Redefining the Urban Environment of Chennai’ with the support of Kuruvila Jacob  Initiative for Promoting Excellence in School Education.  This year-long programme would oversee training sessions as modules, school based projects and interactive sessions.

Mainstreaming Ecology and Environment into School Curriculum and Pedagogy
Duration: 2012-2013
Funding Agency: Kuruvilla Jacob Memorial Educational Trust

Overview: This project was initiated in order to mainstream ecology and environment into school curriculum and pedagogy for middle school teachers in July 2012.

The first batch conducted the program for 36 middle school teachers. The program consisted of two modules:

  • Theoretical and interactive sessions plus take home activities. It was conducted in a span of various sessions organized by expert resource persons of respective fields,
  • Field studies and interactive sessions.

There were also school visits based on teacher’s/schools inputs and conveniences to support the project.

Care Earth also released a resource manual for teachers on Biodiversity Conservation titled ‘Green Guru.’ In order to create awareness about biodiversity and take steps to conserve it, this manual hopes to connect schools with the environment, cultivating a better sense of curiosity and appreciation for biodiversity in students.

Schools as eco-stewards- An environmental education and capacity building programme for schools- Project supported as part of the Environment Protection and Renewable Energy Development Fund 2014-2015
Duration: 2014-16
Funding Agency: Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu

Overview: The target area of this project was the city of Chennai, and districts of Thiruvallur, Kanchipuram, and Thiruvanamalai. Objectives of this project included:

  • To include and implement environment education and capacity building programmes specifically for schools
  • Taking into consideration the existing syllabus and pedagogy
  • To develop and implement programmes focusing on sustainable living
  • To develop and implement programmes and help schools evolve as Eco-stewards viz. with leadership in environmental protection and conservation.

Implementation of training programmes on Integrated Coastal Zone Management Programme
Duration: 2014-15
Funding Agency: DHI (India) Water and Environment Pvt. Ltd.

Overview: This project carried out the following activities:

  • Training of trainers for state government officials at Chennai headquarters
  • Training of trainers for coastal District Collectorate
  • Training of trainers for local communities, NGOs and Panchayats under following themes (a) ICZM planning including CRZ notifications, (b) shoreline protection and management, (c) coastal biodiversity conservation (d) alternative and sustainable livelihood, (e) sustainable ecotourism in coastal areas, (f) disaster preparedness and management (g) domestic pollution control, (h) gender sensitization and women empowerment, in eleven coastal districts in addition to Chennai and state level programmes.

Training and Capacity Building for the Management of Wetlands and Bird Sanctuaries of Tamil Nadu
Duration: 2012-13
Funding Agency: Tamil Nadu Biodiversity Conservation and Greening Project

Overview: For this project, several workshops were conducted in different districts of Tamil Nadu involving many subject experts. The special focus was on the conservation of bird sanctuaries and wetlands in Tamil Nadu. Field visits to bird sanctuaries, field interactions covering various domains like ecology, hydrology, eco-tourism, group activities and individual tasks were also carried out as a part of the project by resource persons.

Building Capacities for Effective Management of Wetlands CSR Programme- Capacity Building for Wetland Management
Duration: 2015-2016 (Ongoing)
Funding Agency: VA Tech WABAG

Overview: This is an ongoing project in which we hope to evolve and implement an integrated programme for building capacities amongst stakeholders to manage wetlands. The programme is a systematic procedure for transferring scientific-technological know-how to the trainees. This will hopefully increase their knowledge and skills to protect, restore and conserve the wetlands.

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