Newsletter : 1-30 April 2017 Vol. : 83


Swachhagraha, Towards a culture of Cleanliness!

‘Swachhagraha’ draws inspiration from ‘Satyagraha’ led by Mahatma Gandhi during the freedom struggle movement, which catalyzed action through tremendous patience and perseverance, instilling in the Indian mind, dignity and self-respect. It aims at engaging people and bringing about a change, similar in scale to India's freedom movement, where people get involved to take action for ‘Creating a culture of Cleanliness’.

An initiative of Adani Foundation and Centre for Environment Education(CEE) as Knowledge and Implementation partner, the programme has involved over 12000 children as active Swachhagraha Dal members who reached out to their 3,20,000 peers, their parents and the community through a variety of planned action projects and campaigns. The programme focused on four key themes, namely, Waste management and Littering, Sanitation, Personal Hygiene and Toilet Etiquettes. At the school level, the programme was implemented through teachers (Swachhagraha Preraks) and students (Swachhagraha Dal members).





Round Table Discussion on ‘Status of Environmental Education in India’.

Centre for Environment Education facilitated and participated in the round table discussion on ‘Status of Environmental Education in India’ at Guwahati, Imphal, Ahmedabad, Pune and Kolkata on various dates in April 2017 to commemorate Earth Day. The participants in the deliberations represented NGOs, Teachers, Academic Institutions, Department of Education, Practioners and students from Higher education Institutions.

The key message coming from the discussions is that there is limited understanding of the outcomes expected from Environmental Education. The understanding is limited to and activities and not Environmental Literacy Environmental Education starts early infact at home. The key learning is an understanding that how in our daily life, is we protecting or destroying environment through our life styles. We need to precisely understand the process of environment education and how a child learns and how the elders give enabling environment atmosphere to learn. Bookish knowledge is good, but practice is missing in students. The knowledge is more abstract and lack practice. There is an urgent need of conversion of educational policies into action so that collective efforts can be ensured for environment protection. Government policies are followed in a straightforward way and the implementers are less concerned with the learning aspect of it. Environment education should be kept as a wide subject and not confined to a particular frame of textbook. Integrated learning throughout should happen. readmore...