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March 1-31, 2014
Global Citizenship
Mr. Kartikeya Sarabhai sharing the vision of global citizenship for sustainability.

Global Citizenship for Sustainability

Marine Project 1600 Launch Event

The Global Citizenship for Sustainability, (GCS) Marine Project 1600 launch event was held on March 14 at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Gardens Point, Brisbane. At the launch, CEE Australia Executive Director, Dr. Prithi Nambiar provided a brief summary of the first phase of this Project while the CEE Director Mr. Kartikeya Sarabhai highlighted global citizenship as the key feature of the second phase.  

Well-known environmentalist and winner of the 2011 National Australian Environmental Educator of the Year Award, Mr. Cam Mackenzie spoke of the importance and the values of adding an international perspective to the way Australian school students understand sustainability. He emphasized the richness of the experience that can be provided by practical sustainability education initiatives like the GCS.

The launch came to a close with CEE and representatives of Global Learning Centre (GLC) signing a Memorandum of Understanding for partnering on the GCS Marine 1600 project. Over thirty participants attended the launch including school teachers, GLC staff and management, QUT, Earth Charter, and Mr. Samir Vora and staff from the Adani Group.

Project 1600
Talking across the oceans – Global Citizenship for Sustainability.
GCS Marine Project 1600: Teacher Training

A teacher training was held on March 15 under the GCS Marine Project. The training was designed to familiarize, and provide detailed information about the project to the teachers. At this one-day orientation programme, CEE Director Mr. Kartikeya Sarabhai presented an overview of CEE and the GCS Project, and
Ms. Karena Menzie talked about Educating for Global Citizenship.

Ms. Alisa Cleary from Global Learning Centre (GLC) helped teachers reflect on the opportunities and constraints within their school context while implementing the Project 1600. Mr. Pramod Sharma, Program Coordinator, CEE India shared the progress made on the GCS Project 1600 in India. Using videos, he also discussed at length, the steps that students would have to follow while implementing their projects.

Ms. Alina Tamrakar, Project Officer, CEE Australia took the participants through the online tour of the GCS website and demonstrated various steps of the project from registering schools to uploading information onto the website. Ms. Mary-Ann Pattison shared her expertise during a guided walk around the mangroves adjoining the Environment Education Centre at Nudgee Beach. After the exploration walk, the participants joined an online discussion with three schools in India via Skype. This gave the teachers a general idea of the kind of projects the schools in India are engaged in, and understand how they are implementing their projects. The training day helped take participants from the ‘big picture’ of global citizenship to consideration of how Project 1600 might work in their particular context.

Paryavaran Mitra Awards
Awarding Winners.

Paryavaran Mitra Awards Ceremony in Uttar Pradesh

CEE North, in collaboration with the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department (UPFD) and Uttar Pradesh Forest Corporation (UPFC), organized the Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar 2013, Uttar Pradesh state-level award ceremony event. More than 500 participants attended the programme including 300 students and teachers from various districts, NGOs and district level officials.

The event was organized to recognize and encourage efforts undertaken by schools and individuals towards strengthening and promoting environment education initiatives in the State. The ceremony was presided over by Mr. V. N. Garg, Principal Secretary, Environment, Government of Uttar Pradesh and other panellists from the UPFD, the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, and PCCF Wildlife, Secretary Forest.

Mr. Garg appreciated the concept of recognizing schools, teachers, and students for their work in environmental education. Awards were given in the categories of best school, best teacher, and best young leader for change. Under best district category, Lucknow and Merrut made it to the top. Three state level special category awards were also given. Of the three, one was given to a NGC Master Trainer of Pilibhit; the second to an NGO from Merrut, and the third to the DLA newspapers for its efforts in promoting environment conservation through the newspaper. The awards not only acknowledged the contribution, but also instilled in the winners a renewed rigour to strive towards making this earth a better place to live in.

The programme helped to build bridges between the company and the community.

Soft Launch of Nabadiganta Project

CEE Kolkata has partnered with The Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation Limited to address the problem of prolonged persistence of fly ash in one of the regions of South 24 Parganas of West Bengal. The project titled ‘Nabadiganta’ aims to develop a green belt across the affected area by engaging communities, along with conducting a pilot experiment in scientific fly ash reclamation in the area. Various community-based activities such as livelihood skill training; resource mapping; Participatory Rural Appraisal; and awareness programmes form an integral part of the project.

A soft launch of Nabadiganta project was held on March 10 at Achipur, Budge Budge, West Bengal. It aimed at providing a platform to the community members of the affected areas to interact with officials of the fly ash generating unit. The General Manager of the Budge Budge Power Generating station acknowledged the problems that the community members have faced due to fly ash over a period of time and shared measures that the company had taken to counter them. Several queries and complaints put forward by the community members and the local political representatives were answered by experts and the related officials.

This platform was not only appreciated by the community but it also helped in bridging the gap and also in providing a few assurances to them by the company towards safeguarding the overall health and environmental safety of the region.

15 Provincial Education Directors and Education Managers from Afghanistan participated in the programme.

Provincial Education Managers from Afghanistan take Training in Result Based Management

Education, especially formal education, is a tool that any nation utilizes to define and
shape its future. However, education is also a complex process, a process of social transformation which is inherently uncertain, massive and with rather high inertia, which means that it can take anywhere between 5-8 years for the results of an intervention to be visible! Quite often, a question that education administrators and practitioners face is thus ‘so what has been the impact/result?’ Perhaps for such reasons, many a time, questions of responsibility and accountability arise.

Using the social reconstruction phase, that Afghanistan is in today, as an opportunity to establish and strengthen the formal education processes and systems in the country, a group of 15 provincial education directors and education managers, were oriented on Result Based Management (RBM), a participatory and team-based approach to programme planning, which focuses on achieving defined and measurable results and impacts. 

The ten day training-cum-exposure tour from March 9-19 was organized by the Networking and the Capacity Building Unit of CEE. The Programme highlighted a range of global to local cases, where RBM in Formal Education is being practiced and implemented to improve programme delivery and strengthen management effectiveness, efficiency and accountability.  

Through interactions, visits, hands-on experiences, among others sessions, the participants were oriented, and were also supported to devise individual provincial level action plans, where the focus of programming, managing and decision-making moved from inputs and processes to the objectives to be met. The participants were supported to focus on ‘results’ rather than ‘activities’, thus, thereby helping them to better articulate their vision, expected results and better monitoring of progress using the RBM framework.

This programme was supported by the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA), a non-governmental organization, working to help rebuild Afghanistan after decades of war and destruction.

Experiencing Nature
Sharing observations from nature.

Experiencing Nature

Camping Experience at Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary
Understanding the importance of connecting students to nature, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has initiated a National Nature Camping Programme (NNCP) for eco-club schools. Under this programme, CEE North organized two camps at the Katerniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary—a part of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. Two eco-club schools from Lucknow which included 96 students and teachers visited the Sanctuary. The objective of the camp was to provide eco-club members an opportunity to experience nature, observe the rich flora and fauna, and develop a sense of responsibility towards conservation.

These three days and two night camps were full of fun-filled activities. The forest officials not only welcomed the group but also interacted with them. Students were introduced to various eco-systems, the threats faced and conservation measures undertaken at the Wildlife Sanctuary. Jungle trail, games, bird-watching, boat ride on Girwa river were organized for them. The Girwa River is home to Gharials, Crocodiles, dolphins and various bird species. This camping experience has surely helped children to understand connections and interconnections of a wildlife sanctuary and the need for the conservation and protection of sites like Katerniaghat.

Safe Holi
A pledge to use natural colours this holi

Safe Holi Campaign

Ahmedabad: Holi, the festival of colours, brings with it a lot of fun and frolic, but some aspects also causes harm to health and the environment. Given this context, CEE organizes the Safe Holi Campaign, every year, to generate awareness among people about avoiding water wastage, and the health hazards caused by using colours that contain harmful chemicals. In addition to generating awareness, the campaign also involves demonstrating making of eco-friendly colours, promoting the use of natural colours, and sharing some safety tips. This year, the Safe Holi Campaign was organized by CEE along with HB Kapadia High School of the city.

As part of the campaign CEE’s Information and Facilitation Centre (IFC) had also set-up counters where natural and organic colours were on sale. These colours were made from the extracts of flowers, leaves, seeds among others. The colours were procured from AURA Herbal wear.

CEE Jaipur: To celebrate the festival of colours in an eco-friendly manner, eco-club members from Rajasthan joined the Eco- Holi campaign organised by CEE Jaipur from March 1-15. Students prepared a variety of natural colours from plant products commonly available at home like seasonal vegetables, spices, flowers, leaves, etc. and displayed them through an exhibition to popularize its use among the local community. An Oath ceremony and awareness rally were organised to extend the message to nearby community members. Around 200 eco-club members participated in this campaign and made more than thousand people aware for eco-friendly and safe Holi.

Managing Waste
Walk the talk: soiling hands during composting.

Managing Waste in their Own Little Way

The Urjachetana project aims to link the learning gained by the students in school to the community. The Urjachetana project implemented by CEE Kolkata under the CSR initiative of Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation Limited (CESC Ltd) is an initiative to generate awareness and action amongst students, teachers and the community on energy conservation and waste management.

To initiate waste recycling, the Composting and Waste Recycling Kit starter were distributed to the participating schools under the Urjachetana project. Using this kit, the food and paper waste generated by the participating schools were converted to compost, and handmade paper to some extent. By succeeding to preventing some amount of food and paper waste from reaching the landfill site, the students were able to contribute to the mitigation of climate change in their own little way. This filled them with a sense of achievement and ownership.

As part of the outreach programme of Urjachetana, students visited Shri Sikshayatan School, Udbhas - a home for underprivileged and street children in Kolkata. Students shared their knowledge on energy conservation and waste management with the inmates and also played games like ‘Web of Life’ with them. To promote energy conservation practices, CFL bulbs were distributed to replace the incandescent bulbs at the Udbhas shelter.

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