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National Green Corps (NGC)
National Green Corps, popularly known as NGC is a national programme conceptualized and initiated by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. As the name suggests, it is a   programme to sensitize school children about environment, its problems and conservation. Started in the year 2001, the programme is operational across the country   through school eco-clubs established for this purpose.

Genesis of the Programme
We all know the importance of environment that we live in and the consequences of environmental degradation. Knowledge, skills and attitudinal changes are the need of the hour to realize the value of environment   upon which depends the survival of life and to halt environmental catastrophe.  Environmental protection and improvement is a mammoth task that no Government or one group with all their resources, skills and knowledge, can accomplish it successfully without the involvement of masses at large.  Thus, major efforts are required to effectively spread the message of environmental conservation across the length and breadth of the Indian subcontinent, so that every citizen is motivated to take active role in conservation efforts.

Creating awareness among people   over one billion,   spread across  27 states, belonging to diverse cultures; speaking variety of languages, is   a major challenge. Educating children, who are an integral part of the society and the future citizens as well, therefore may help in this endeavour. Age 5 to 14 being the most formative years, impact of schooling is tremendous and long lasting. Children have no bias and are most receptive to messages and information at this stage. Above all, they are the single most powerful influence on the families and thereby the society. 

With this realization, the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India has launched the National Green Corps Programme (NGC) in the country in the year 2001-02, with a view to provide an opportunity for children to redirect the consciousness and actions towards a more sustainable planet through a different kind of educational approach that takes into the depth of things.
  • to impart knowledge to children about their immediate environment, interactions within and problems therein through hands-on experience
  • to develop  skills  of observation, experimentation, survey, recording, analysis, reasoning needed for conserving  environment through activities
  • to inculcate  proper attitudes with regard to environment and its conservation through action-based programmes
  • to sensitize children to  issues related to environment and  development through field visits and demonstrations
  • to promote logical and independent thinking among children to be able to select right choices  by instilling in them the spirit of scientific inquiry
  • to  involve  them in  action projects  related to  environmental conservation
  • The programme also proposes to sensitize the society through ‘school to society’ interactions.
How does NGC work?
Targeting  school children, the ‘early adopters’, MoEF, Government of India hopes to sow the seeds of conservation awareness / invoke the masses  across the country  to by trigging   a chain reaction starting from school to society to decision makers – from school to village/town to city, to state to country.
  • In order to fulfill this  goal  eco-clubs are established in schools across the country to  motivate and  stimulate our young minds
  • All schools imparting education up to class12 and affiliated to any recognized board are eligible for establishment of eco-clubs.
  • Each eco-club would have 30-50 children, who are interested in environment related issues.
  • Each Eco-club would be supervised by a Teacher in-charge, who is selected from the school on the basis of his/her interest in environment related issues.
  • Monetary support of Rs. 2,500/- per annum  would be given to each eco-club for organizing variety of  activities  that support  environmental conservation
  • Each Eco-club would be  provided with a kit of resource material in the language of their preference
  • District Implementation and Monitoring Committee would be established to facilitate the programme in each district including training for in-charge teachers, follow up of actions, periodical monitoring of the overall plan and implementation. Financial assistance of Rs. 25,000/- per annum would be provided to the district implementation and monitoring committees to facilitate the programme.
  • State Steering Committee would give overall direction/guide the overall NGC implementation in the respective State /UT.  And ensures linkages at all levels. Besides these annual disbursements, financial assistance for Training of Master Trainers, teacher’s in-charge, and distribution of resource materials is also provided to States / UTs on need based basis. 
  • A Nodal Agency selected by the state would facilitate and coordinate the implementation of the programme in the State/UT including organizing training of Master Trainers, follow up of actions, periodical monitoring of the overall plan and implementation. A financial assistance of 5% of the total money released to the State / UT for eco-clubs and district implementation and monitoring committees  would  be provided as administrative expenses to Nodal agencies.
  • A resource agency will assist the nodal agency   and the district committees in every state to implement the programme in a effective manner. They will provide technical support needed for the programme, help in drawing action plans, selecting relevant resource materials, and provide resource persons for training of master trainers and so on. A financial assistance of 3% of the total money released to the State / UT for eco-clubs and district implementation and monitoring committees would be provided as administrative expenses to resource agencies.
  • Under the programme, a maximum of 250 schools are financially supported per district.
The NGC programme is being implemented in all the States and Union Territories in the country. Since its inception, more than 1,00,000 Eco-clubs have been set up so far in the Country.
CEE has been appointed as resource agency by MoEF for 15 States and 2 UTs to provide technical support to nodal agency in implementing the programme. As resource agency CEE provides following support to the programme:
  • To assist the State Nodal Agency and the District Committees in the selection of schools
  • To help the Nodal Agency in selecting locally relevant resource materials and/or adaptation and translation of relevant materials.
  • To help Nodal Agency to plan the 3-day training module for master trainers
  • To  provide technical inputs and resource persons for the master trainers training 
  • To provide assistance to the District Committees to plan a 2-day teacher training module for the eco-club teachers in-charge and to provide training schedule and resource persons for the training.
  • To help the District committees in drawing up year-round action plans for the eco-clubs.
  • To motivate  the District committees to plan district level events
  •  To help District committees  in  organizing district  level events
  • To advise the State Nodal Agency in all the aspects of implementation of the programme in the State.
Apart from this CEE facilitates national level discussion and programmatic review in consultation with MoEF. CEE has also provided support in developing resource material, organizing workshops/conferences, and events at national and regional level.
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