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  e-newsletter of the Centre for Environment Education
94 th issue
Interaction of CEE team with teachers and students

National Green Corps: Monitoring Visit

Four members from the CEE North Team visited more than 65 National Green Corps (NGC) schools of Bihar (spread across 7 districts and 14 blocks) during December 9-20. The districts covered included Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Samastipur, Saran, Vaishali, West Champaran and East Champaran. Along with the district headquarters, some blocks as far as 50-60 km in the interior, were also visited to get a picture of eco-club activities being implemented.

The objective of the visit was to capacity build and support schools in implementing eco-club activities in their schools, and also to document observations of the functioning of the NGC programme in the state. During the visits to the district headquarters, meetings with District Education Officers (DEOs) were held to discuss various components of the programme. These meetings proved fruitful as DEOs were updated with the status of the programme and, in some districts, consultative planning was also done effectively take forward the programme.

During the school visits discussions were held on the implementation of eco‐club activities and the different kinds of challenges faced by eco‐club in–charge teachers and principals. The CEE team shared ideas for better documenting eco‐club activities such as maintaining eco‐club register, celebrating different days of environmental importance, and also taking up action- based initiatives on Paryavaran Mitra Themes. Schools were also provided with a format with information on eco-club activities and resource material on Bihar with state-specific information. In some of the schools interactive sessions and hands on activities were conducted with eco‐club members in order to give them more ideas about the functioning of the eco-club and what all they can do within their school under the NGC programme. Overall the visits proved fruitful and provided some very useful information which will be utilized to enhance eco-club activities in the state.

Creative expression takes many forms.

Capacity building Teachers through the Green Teacher Programme

‘Green Teacher Diploma in Environment Education’ is a distance-learning programme of CEE for in-service teachers. It is being offered by CEE through its six study centers. The programme addresses the growing need for professional development in the field of Environmental Education and Education for Sustainable Development.

The Department of Education, Dadara and Nagar Haveli, Silvassa has selected 22 teachers for the Green Teacher programme. The first contact session for these teachers was held at Alok Public School, Silvassa between December 1-3. Director of Education Mr. Krishna Kumar interacted with, and motivated the teachers during the opening ceremony.

CEE faculty oriented the teachers on what, why and how of environment education; Education for Sustainable Development in context of school education; how to conduct environment audit in schools; on different teaching-learning methodologies; and other aspects of environment education. The teachers also visited Dudhani Forest area and observed different kind of ants, spiders and vegetation. Assignments and activities to be conducted at the school were discussed in detail.  

Science Express Biodiversity Special
Learning through observation

Programmes at Sundarvan

Forty five students from grades 2-4 along with four teachers from Amrit Vidyalaya, Kalol, Gujarat visited Sundarvan on December 28. Activities that were linked to the curriculum were conducted. These included visiting the mini-zoo; nature trail and the snake awarenss programme. Apart from these, clay modeling, puppetry, face/body painting and adventure activities were also carried out.  

At Sundarvan, Ahmedabad
Fun in the forest!

A Forest Experience on CEE Campus

Students of Grade 2 of Anand Niketan School, Ahmedabad branch, visited CEE on December 13. The students went on a nature trail on the vast, green campus of CEE and observed different birds, animals and insects and also different types of trees, and learnt interesting facts about these organisms. The students then had an interactive session that focused on ‘resources that humans obtain from nature’. This was taught to the students through a discussion about different objects and material which they use everyday in their lives. While Ms. Priya Nair, Information Facilitation Centre In-Charge, CEE, coordinated the visit, Mr. Kedar Champhekar, Programme Officer, CEE, was the resource person. During the clay modeling session, students made models resembling different animals and birds.


Children’s Forest Programme

Environment Awareness Event
Children’s Forest Programme (CFP) is a programme to develop green campus and to introduce environmental education to create better school environment. The programme focuses on schools - children, teachers, school management and local community. In India, this programme is reaching to 1550 schools of various States. CEE North is working with 100 schools to implement this programme.

More than 150 students and teachers from 8 Children’s Forest Programme (CFP) schools of Malihabad zone participated in a daylong event at Pragatisheel Inter College, Malihabad, Lucknow.  The event organized by CEE North began under the cluster of trees where students shared their thoughts about why we need to work together to save our mother earth. The theme of the event was greening and water conservation, to mark the International Year of Water Cooperation,

Students took part in an environment quiz, based on the environment curriculum of grades 6 to 8. Winner schools and students received prizes and participation certificate. Ms. Sarojini Devi, the school Principal appreciated the enthusiasm of school teams for their active participation and thanked CEE for the various environmental education activities being done in her school.

CEE is the ENVIS centre on Environmental Education (EE). As an ENVIS centre, CEE caters to the information needs of environmental educators. Write to the CEE ENVIS Centre at

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